Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Use Vitamin D To Help Prevent Multiple Sclerosis

In a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, researchers found that white men and woman in the US Military with the highest blood levels of Vitamin D were 62% less likely to develop multiple sclerosis. Since there were few blacks or Hispanics in the group studied, it is unclear whether the results apply to those groups.

The researchers also found that the MS risk was especially strong in people who were younger than 20 when they entered the study. This means Vitamin D exposure before adulthood could be particularly important.

This may mean that avoiding exposure to the sun and the use of sunscreen may be contributing to the MS rate.

Consider spending 20 minutes in the sun without using sunscreen on or take a Vitamin D supplement.

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