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Multiple sclerosis: Vitamin D deficiency may predict onset

Too little vitamin D could put women at risk for multiple sclerosis.

A new, large-scale study in Finnish women suggests that vitamin D deficiency can significantly raise the risk of multiple sclerosis, which makes it a reliable predictive marker for the disease. By contrast, correcting this deficiency may reduce the risk.

It is not currently known what causes multiple sclerosis (MS), a debilitating neurological disease that is estimated to affect 400,000 people in the United States.

However, it is known that women are at much higher risk of developing the disease than men. And new research in a large sample of women has found a risk factor: low vitamin D levels.

The new study was published in the journal Neurology, and the first author of the paper is Dr. Kassandra Munger, of the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, MA.

Dr. Munger explains that to date, “There have only been a few small studies suggesting that levels of vitamin D in the blood can predict risk.” But the new research examines a much larger cohort.

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