Openly accessible

Intake of B vitamins in childhood and adult life in relation to psychological distress among women in a British birth cohort

Mishra, Gita D., McNaughton, Sarah A., O'Connell, Maria A., Prynne, Celia J. and Kuh, Diana 2009, Intake of B vitamins in childhood and adult life in relation to psychological distress among women in a British birth cohort, Public health nutrition, vol. 12, no. 2, pp. 166-174.

Attached Files
Name Description MIMEType Size Downloads
mcnaughton-intakeofb-2009.pdf Published version application/pdf 121.09KB 12

Title Intake of B vitamins in childhood and adult life in relation to psychological distress among women in a British birth cohort
Author(s) Mishra, Gita D.
McNaughton, Sarah A.
O'Connell, Maria A.
Prynne, Celia J.
Kuh, Diana
Journal name Public health nutrition
Volume number 12
Issue number 2
Start page 166
End page 174
Publisher Cambridge University Press
Place of publication Cambridge, England
Publication date 2009-02
ISSN 1368-9800
1475-2727
Keyword(s) mental health
general health questionnaire
depression
diet
life-course
vitamin B12
B vitamins
Summary Background : Lower levels of B vitamins (particularly folate, vitamin B12 and vitamin B6) may be associated with psychological distress. Little is known about the impact of childhood nutrition on psychological distress in adult life.

Objective : We investigated whether prospectively measured childhood and adult dietary intakes of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 were related to the psychological distress of women in mid-age, taking into account socio-economic, behavioural and lifestyle factors.

Design :
Prospective data were collected from a cohort of 636 British women followed up since their birth in 1946. Participants completed a 28-item, scaled version of the General Health Questionnaire (GHQ-28) to measure psychological distress at age 53 years. Dietary intakes in childhood (at age four) were determined by 24h recall and in adulthood (at age 36, 43 and 53 years) by a 5d food record.

Results : Low dietary vitamin B12 intake at age 53 was associated with higher psychological distress at that age. Women in the lowest third of vitamin B12 intake in adulthood had a higher GHQ-28 score compared with those in the highest third (percentage change, adjusted regression coefficient, 21 (95% CI 3, 39)). There were no other significant associations between dietary B vitamin intake in childhood or adulthood and psychological distress in the cohort.

Conclusions : Overall, there is evidence that intake of vitamin B12 at age 53 is related to adult psychological distress but there is no evidence for the effects of other adult B vitamin intakes or childhood intakes on psychological distress.
Language eng
Field of Research 111706 Epidemiology
Socio Economic Objective 920401 Behaviour and Health
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
HERDC collection year 2009
Copyright notice ©2008, Cambridge University Press
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30020642

Connect to link resolver
 
Unless expressly stated otherwise, the copyright for items in DRO is owned by the author, with all rights reserved.

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.

Versions
Version Filter Type
Citation counts: TR Web of Science Citation Count  Cited 2 times in TR Web of Science
Scopus Citation Count Cited 3 times in Scopus
Google Scholar Search Google Scholar
Access Statistics: 359 Abstract Views, 12 File Downloads  -  Detailed Statistics
Created: Fri, 16 Oct 2009, 12:10:46 EST by Sally Morrigan

Every reasonable effort has been made to ensure that permission has been obtained for items included in DRO. If you believe that your rights have been infringed by this repository, please contact drosupport@deakin.edu.au.