Risk of MS Associated With Vitamin D Deficiency Plus Common Genetic Variant

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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Vitamin D deficiency plus common genetic variant linked to MS risk

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Comments

  1. I have MS and believe me I’ll get some Vit D in me real quick!! And in my kids too, I’d hate for them to get MS also. If these is the tinyest possibility it could prevent MS or slow it down or stop the fatigue, I’m there!

    I was reserching Vitamin D3. Never herd of it, but it must be one we all need also?

  2. I would suggest that maybe there is a problem with the synthetic vitamins that are used to “enrich” dairy products and other foods after the natural vitamins are leached out in processing. There seems to be a lot of vitamin D deficiency research going on right now because more Americans are being found to be deficient. Perhaps it would be prudent to drink raw milk from pasture fed cows rather than go out and ingest more synthetic vitamins that we don’t seem to be able to utilize. If synthetic vitamins really worked, it would be hard to believe that so many Americans would be deficient.

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