This winter has certainly been an odd one. Imagine–over 50 degrees, sunny, and no snow on the ground in Minnesota on January 10th. Two of my patients were going out golfing just to say that they had played in Minnesota in mid-January. Today I watched many people walking outside my office enjoying the weather, and I myself noticed a little lift in my mood being outside for the few minutes that I managed to squeeze in. Despite this, we are still in the time of year when many of our Vitamin D levels are beginning to drop to symptomatic levels. It is likely a bit less noticeable with the nice weather we have been having, but nonetheless, it is still happening. As I have mentioned before Vitamin D is very important for many reasons, not the least of which is mood support.
A study published in the November 2011 edition of Mayo Clinical Proceedings monitored 12,594 men and women between 2006 and 2010. In this study they found a significant association between higher Vitamin D levels and a decreased risk of depressive symptoms, especially among those with a history of depression.
All the more reason to make sure that you know what your Vitamin D level is during the months, when exposed skin is more likely to freeze rather than tan.