Low Vitamin D May Contribute to Multiple Sclerosis

A recent scientific paper, published online, in the August 25, 2015 issue of PLOS Medicine has shown a link between low Vitamin D and an increased risk of Multiple Sclerosis.

This study looked at individuals with a genetic susceptibility of low vitamin D status and found a very strong relationship between a lifetime of lowered vitamin D levels and an increased risk of MS.”

In recognition of this potentially important factor, the researchers concluded that, “These findings suggest that individuals at high risk for MS, such as first-degree family members, should insure their vitamin D levels are normal.”

Vitamin D deficiency is more common than most people realize.

A study of 5000 people, published in the Jan 2011 issue of Nutr Res found 41.6% of this group to be deficient, with the highest rates of deficiencies seen in African Americans (82.1%), followed by Hispanics (69.2%).

Beyond Multiple Sclerosis, vitamin D deficiency has been associated with many other chronic illnesses. These include, but are not limited to, cardiovascular disease, depression, osteoporosis, auto-immune disorders, fibromyalgia, dental problems, and obesity.

In summary, vitamin D is an important nutrient that should be periodically assessed, and subsequent deficiencies addressed.

Dr. Ronald D. Fudala

Board Certified Chiropractic Neurologist