Lack of vitamin D Linked to Multiple Sclerosis

Author: Rosie

In: Children's Health, Health Matters, Multiple Sclerosis

Children later diagnosed with multiple sclerosis had far lower levels of vitamin D than other youngsters, Canadian researchers reported yesterday in studies showing more links between the "sunshine" vitamin and disease. These were the first studies to show the effects in children, although others have shown that adults who live in northern latitudes, who get less sun exposure, may have a higher risk of MS.

They also support a growing body of studies linking low vitamin D levels with disease, including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and tuberculosis.

Vitamin D, produced by the body when skin is exposed to sunlight, and also found in fatty fish, is added to other foods in many countries. Evidence suggests it helps lower blood pressure and boost the immune system. Several studies presented at a meeting on MS in Montreal showed that children had low levels of vitamin D when they began to show evidence of the disease.

The next step is to see if giving vitamin D supplements prevents MS or helps relieve symptoms,  To read full story, click here.

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