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ADHD decreased by 11% for each 10 ng increase in vitamin D in early pregnancy – April 2015

Vitamin D in Pregnancy and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder-like Symptoms in Childhood.

Epidemiology. 2015 Apr 10. [Epub ahead of print]
Morales E1, Julvez J, Torrent M, Ballester F, Rodríguez-Bernal CL, Andiarena A, Vegas O, Castilla AM, Rodriguez-Dehli C, Tardón A, Sunyer J.
1From the aCentre for Research in Environmental Epidemiology (CREAL), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; bVirgen de la Arrixaca Universtiy Hospital, IMIB-Arrixaca Research Institute, Murcia, Spain; cCIBER Epidemiología y Salud Pública (CIBERESP), Madrid, Spain; dHospital del Mar Medical Research Institute (IMIM), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; eUniversitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF), Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain; fIB-SALUT, Area de Salut de Menorca, Balearic Islands, Spain; gUniversity of Valencia, Valencia, Spain; hCenter for Public Health Research (CSISP-FISABIO), Valencia, Spain; iDepartment of Basic Psychological Processes and Their Development, Basque Country University UPV/EHU, San Sebastian, Spain; jBiodonostia Institute, San Sebastian, Gipuzkoa, Spain; kPublic Health Laboratory, Basque Government, Bilbao, Spain; lHospital San Agustín, Avilés, Asturias, Spain; and mUniversity of Oviedo, Asturias, Spain.

Vitamin D status during prenatal brain development may influence risk of attention deficit and hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms in childhood. However, there are no prospective studies addressing this hypothesis. We aimed to examine whether maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy is associated with risk of ADHD-like symptoms in offspring.

We conducted a prospective study analyzing data from 1,650 mother-child pairs from five birth cohorts embedded in the INMA Project (Spain, 1997-2008). Maternal vitamin D status in pregnancy was estimated by measuring plasma concentration of 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 [25(OH)D3] at 13 weeks of gestation. Children were assessed by teachers for ADHD-like symptoms at ages 4-5 years using the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders ADHD form list.

After adjustment, the number of total ADHD-like symptoms in children decreased by 11% per 10 ng/ml increment of maternal 25(OH)D3 concentration (incidence rate ratio [IRR] = 0.89; 95% confidence interval CI = 0.80, 0.98). Similarly, the number of symptoms in the ADHD subscales decreased in relation to higher maternal 25(OH)D3 concentration (IRR per 10 ng/ml increment = 0.89; 95% CI = 0.79, 0.99 for the inattention scale; and IRR = 0.88; 95% CI = 0.78, 0.99 for the hyperactivity-impulsivity scale). Using diagnostic criteria, we found an association of increasing maternal 25(OH)D3 with a lower risk of ADHD DSM-IV (relative risk ratio per 10 ng/ml increment = 0.87; 95% CI = 0.72, 1.06) and ICD-10 hyperkinetic disorder (relative risk ratio = 0.72; 95% CI = 0.49, 1.04) in children.

Higher maternal circulating levels of 25(OH)D3 in pregnancy are associated with lower risk of developing ADHD-like symptoms in childhood.

PMID: 258671
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