Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher MS risk

Deficiency of vitamin D puts a woman at a significantly higher long-term risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) than those who get enough, according to a new research.

In a case-control study, an increase in serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D was found to reduce the risk of MS by 39 per cent, after adjusting for sample year, number of pregnancies and births, and the matching factors.

Led by ScD Kassandra Munger of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, the researchers reached the conclusion after making a comparison between women with adequate levels of vitamin D and women with vitamin D deficiency.

Sharing their findings, Munger noted, “There have only been a few small studies suggesting that levels of vitamin D in the blood can predict risk. Our study, involving a large number of women, suggests that correcting vitamin D deficiency in young and middle-age women may reduce their future risk of MS.”

Vitamin D is freely available in sunlight. In addition, soy milk, egg yolk, fish and fruits are good sources of this vital vitamin.

The American study, which used blood samples from Finish women, was published and detailed in the latest edition of the journal Neurology.