Relation of Vitamin D and UV Data with Homicide/ Suicide Rates in States North/ South of the Mason- Dixon Line

Lauryn Marie Antolock, Cam'Ron Allen, Kristy Henson

Abstract


In the body, vitamin D plays a large role in cell growth, neurological, muscular, bone, and immune functions. Sunlight is our body’s most effective means of synthesizing vitamin D. Low levels of vitamin D are associated with depression, seasonal affective disorder, rickets/ osteomalacia, and a cascade of other metabolic issues. Vitamin D deficiency is caused by biocultural variables. In this study, we examined death certificate data from multiple states in 1931, during The Great Depression, using the Mason-Dixon line to categorize these states into North and South. From the selected states, we recorded age, sex, and ancestry of individuals who died by suicides/homicides in 1931. We compared this data with the average UV Index of each state. These data were then compared to determine if there was a potential correlation between UV index and suicide/ homicide rate. Preliminary results show there is a significant difference in UV index of northern and southern states. 


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