Low Vitamin-D genes linked to MS

A new study suggests that, people who are genetically prone to low Vitamin-D levels are at increased risk of Multiple Sclerosis.

Based upon the DNA profiles of tens of thousands of people of European descent, the findings suggest and gain weight to the theory that the sunshine vitamin plays a role in MS.
Scientists are already testing whether giving people extra vitamin D might prevent or ease MS. Experts say the jury is still out.

If you think you may not be getting sufficient Vitamin D from sunlight or from your diet, you should discuss this with your doctor.

Vitamin D

  • Is important for healthy bones
  • We make it in our skin when we are exposed to sunlight, but some of it comes from our diet
  • Good food sources include oily fish, eggs, fortified breakfast cereals and fortified fat spreads
  • Some people – the elderly, pregnant and breastfeeding women, babies, children under the age of five, and those of Afro-Caribbean, Asian and African decent as well as those who do not get much sun – may not get enough and need supplements

Research around the world already shows MS is more common in less sunny countries, further from the equator.

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