Researchers have discovered that in people with the DRB1 variant associated with MS, Vitamin D may play a very critical role. If there is a deficiency of Vitamin D, this gene may not function properly.
The research, published Feb 6 in the open-access journal PLoS Genetics, suggests that vitamin D deficiency during pregnancy and the early years may increase the risk of the offspring developing MS later in life.
While the causes of multiple sclerosis are unknown, it is believed that genetics and environmental factors play a key role in the development of MS. MS is a disabling neurologic condition that affects more than 2.5 million people around the world.
Studies have shown that the risk of MS is higher in areas that receive less sunshine. According to ProHealth:
This supports a direct link between deficiency in vitamin D, which is produced in the body through the action of sunlight, and increased risk of developing the disease.
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