Vitamin D May Prevent Multiple Sclerosis - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

1/3/07

Vitamin D May Prevent Multiple Sclerosis

A simple vitamin may help prevent your risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis.

That's the findings of a new study from researchers at Harvard. MS is a chronic degenerative disease that affects the central nervous system and occurs most often in young adults. Now, the Harvard study indicates you may reduce your risk of getting MS by increasing your levels of Vitamin D.

"In the top 20% of the Vitamin D levels, the risk of developing MS is 62% lower than at the lower levels, so this suggests Vitamin D could possibly contribute to MS prevention," said Dr. Alberto Ascherio, Harvard School of Public Health.  

Vitamin D is a hormone manufactured naturally in the body, but you can get more from fortified milk, oily fish and sunlight. But researchers say don't change your lifestyle yet because more study is needed. Researchers say Vitamin D levels are influenced by skin color. While Caucasians benefited from an increase in Vitamin D levels, there was no benefit among African Americans or Hispanics. This study is in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

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