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Low Vitamin D Levels Linked To Higher Number Of Relapse Attacks In MS Patients

January 29, 2010 by  

Low vitamin D levels linked to higher number of relapse attacks in MS patientsA new study has found that insufficient vitamin D levels may be associated with a higher risk of relapse attacks in patients who developed multiple sclerosis (MS) during childhood.

Researchers at the University of California, San Diego followed 110 patients who first exhibited MS symptoms as a child and found that high levels of vitamin D corresponded to a 34 percent decrease in the rate of relapse attacks.

The study suggests that raising the level of the compound in people with MS by 2,000 IU per day can conceivably cut a patient’s relapse rate in half, according to lead author Ellen Mowry.

"This is an exciting finding because it indicates that it is very possible for vitamin D supplementation to have a profound impact on the course of this disease," said senior author Emmanuelle Waubant.

The next step for the research team is to conduct a randomized clinical trial of vitamin D supplementation in MS patients as well as a study to determine the mechanism by which the compound affects the inflammatory process.
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  • http://Working Chuckie

    This welcome news though hardly surprising. What does come as a shock is the fact that only 2000 i.u. (1/20 of a milligram) provided such an improvement. Imagine what a truly therapeutic dose would accomplish? For the record the experts recommend a year round blood level of activated vitamin D3 of at least 50 ng/ml. Get the facts at: Vitamin D Council and Grassroots Health. And most importantly NOTHING in this world will benefit your health in every aspect than maintaining a lifelong level of vitamin D3 of at least 50 ng/ml.

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