Children with Bipolar Disorder May Be Diagnosed with Vitamin D Blood Test In the Future

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Researchers at Ohio State University are searching for a way to and quickly and accurately test for bipolar disorder in children. The scientists think they may have found it: a blood test which looks for a protein associated with vitamin D.

 

Finding a blood test could reduce the current average diagnosis time of ten years, said Ouliana Ziouzenkova, the study’s lead author and an associate professor of human nutrition at Ohio State.

In the study of 36 young people, levels of the vitamin D binding protein were 36 percent higher in those with bipolar disorder than in those without a mood disorder. The study appears online in the journal Translational Psychiatry.

Ziouzenkova said it made sense to look at vitamin D binding protein because it potentially plays a role in brain inflammation. The researchers also looked at inflammatory markers in the blood, but found no significant correlations. Looking for the nutrient vitamin D in the blood, as opposed to the binding protein, appears to have low diagnostic power, she said.

Confirming that the blood test works will take time, but Ziouzenkova and her colleagues are excited about the potential to help kids and their parents.

Materials provided by Ohio State University.

Author: Cassandra Stout

Freelance writer Cassandra Stout blogs weekly at the award-winning Bipolar Parent, a comprehensive resource for parents with mental illnesses. She also blogs monthly at the International Bipolar Foundation website (IPBF.org). Her work has been published in the anthology, How the Light Gets In. Cassandra holds degrees from the University of Arizona in Creative Writing and Journalism. She has been a judge for the Pacific Northwest Writers' Association literary contest for nine years, where her memoir, Committed, recently placed as a finalist. She balances her literary work with raising her children, feeding her cat, and managing her bipolar disorder.

6 thoughts on “Children with Bipolar Disorder May Be Diagnosed with Vitamin D Blood Test In the Future”

  1. Great news, absolutely amazing! Now, if “they” can just come up with a cure, right???

    p.s. I’m taking a Twitter break for at least a few days, so if you don’t see my usual retweets of your awesome posts, Cass, that is why…

    1. A cure would be amazing! I sure hope they find one in our lifetimes. Best of luck on your Twitter break, Dyane, and thank you so much for the retweets!

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