Monday, September 22, 2008

Low vitamin D levels linked to MS

A new study shows that children diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) have lower levels of vitamin D compared to their healthy peers.

Previous studies had reported that individuals living in northern latitudes with less sun exposure are more prone to the disease.

According to a Canadian study, vitamin D insufficiency is more prevalent in children experiencing MS-like symptoms. Sixty-eight percent of the children suffering from a demyelinating condition have low vitamin D levels. Scientists believe the insufficiency of vitamin D, an immune modulator, can interfere with immune cell activity and lead to MS.

Vitamin D helps lower blood pressure, reduce inflammation and boost the immune system. Low levels of the vitamin are associated with the increased risk of several disorders including breast and colon cancers, heart disease, diabetes and tuberculosis.

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