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Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis – Study Yields Promising Results

A recent study released this year has proven just how beneficial Vitamin D can be for Multiple Sclerosis. Both as an early warning sign for the activity and progression of the disease, as well as being remarkably beneficial for the treatment of MS. Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis will no doubt be studied further to uncover just how beneficial this treatment can be.

Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis Study

There were 468 patients monitored closely over the course of 5 years. Researchers looked at the Vitamin D levels of patients with a first event suggestive of MS. Trying to predict the diseases activity and prognosis in these patients and the link between Multiple Sclerosis progression and Vitamin D levels.

After only one year, by increasing the patients Vitamin D levels by 50 nmol/L they had a 57% reduced risk of developing new brain lesions. 57% of patients had a lower risk of relapse. Patients showed a 25% lower yearly increase in T2 lesion size. And perhaps most promising, patients showed a .41 percent lower yearly loss in brain size.

In this study the Vitamin D levels were a direct indicator of the progression of the disease. Monitored at the first sign of MS symptoms and followed for the next 5 years.

Patients with lower Vitamin D levels were more likely to develop new brain lesions and had a worse overall prognosis.

The study’s findings, combined with the previously found evidence that Vitamin D deficiency was a contributing risk factor for MS, suggests that Vitamin D supplementation is extremely important for MS treatment and prevention.

Vitamin D and MS Study

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/24445558

Lead research, Dr.Alberto Ascherio, a professor at the Harvard School of Public Health is convinced that Vitamin D can be very beneficial to Multiple Sclerosis Patients.

“These findings, combined with previous evidence that Vitamin D deficiency is a risk factor for MS, and the immunological effects of Vitamin D strongly suggest that maintaining an adequate Vitamin D status is important in the treatment of MS,” Says Dr.Alberto Ascherio.

Low Vitamin D levels early in the course of this disease are a strong indicator and risk factor for long-term MS progression and activity.

 

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