Vitamin D Deficiency May Cause Multiple Sclerosis

Posted: Aug 27 2015, 6:58am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Vitamin D Deficiency may cause Multiple Sclerosis
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  • Vitamin D Genetic Deficiency may trigger Multiple Sclerosis in Men and Women

It has been found that a deficiency of vitamin D on a genetic level in the body may trigger risk of multiple sclerosis in men and women.

Those individuals who are at risk of low levels of vitamin D genetically may suffer from multiple sclerosis. Lab tests are underway to determine whether this is a fact or a fiction. DNA profiles of many people got tested.

They were all from a European lineage. It seems that sunshine is very good for your body and mind. And the final countdown to the decision is still in its middle phases. But the proof may prove consistent.

Multiple sclerosis is probably due to two things. That is a mixture of faulty genes and adverse environmental factors. It has a lot to do with neurons in the brain and spinal cord. However, it is not as simple as getting enough of the sun’s rays or injections of vitamin D.

Too much vitamin D is also harmful albeit in different ways. Vitamin D is normally meant to support our bones. And it can be made naturally via the effect of sunshine on our skin. The best food sources of this essential vitamin include fish, eggs and cereals. Older people, pregnant women, lactating females and little children all need extra vitamin D.

A clue comes from observation and research. Multiple sclerosis is more common in those countries where the sunshine is relatively sparse. However, correlation doesn’t equal causation. Thus there may be other variables that have not been taken into consideration.

The tests being run on the large group of people in a laboratory setting show a consistent link. Those individuals who were prone to multiple sclerosis were also having vitamin D deficiency. There were no two ways about it.

Up until now, the real causes of MS have been a mystery. Some say it is caused by a virus. Others blame genetic fault-lines. But this study has established a marker and that is vitamin D. Nutritional and health guidelines will be established soon. And they will help many classes of people to counter this debilitating disease.

What is clear is that more research needs to be done before any concise plan is made. We would be healthier if we chose the great outdoors as our domain. And we ought to bask in the sunlight and eat oily fish. These therapeutic measures might give us an edge when it comes to multiple sclerosis.

The study is published in PLoS Medicine.

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