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Low Levels of Vitamin D in Women May Increase Multiple Sclerosis Risk

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Published on : Sep 14, 2017

Vitamin D is one of the most essential nutrients required to maintain healthy bones. A recent has suggested that the low levels of the nutrient in the body could actually lead to a number of health conditions including multiple sclerosis, especially in women. The study that was published in the America Academy of Neurology’s medical journal states that regular examination of vitamin D levels can play a key role in predicting the risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

The author of the study, Kassandra Munger of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, Boston, said that there have been a few studies that have linked the low levels of vitamin D with risk of multiple sclerosis. However, this study picked blood samples from over 8,00,000 women in Finland, a repository gathered as a part of prenatal testing. The study then identified nearly 1,090 women who were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis nearly nine years post the blood samples were submitted. This group was then compared with a group of 2,123 women who did not develop the condition.

The study suggests that by correcting the deficiency of vitamin D in middle-aged and young women can reduce their risk of causing multiple sclerosis in the future. While further research is needed to find out the optimal dose of the nutrient that needs to be prescribed to reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis, but finding a way of achieving vitamin D in sufficient amounts over the course of one’s like could have many health benefits.

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