The latest research, led by Brent Richards and his team from McGill University, looked at the connection between vitamin D levels and multiple sclerosis. While previous observations hinted at a link, establishing causation was challenging due to potential confounding factors.
The team found that genetically lowered vitamin D levels were significantly associated with a doubled risk of developing MS. The study suggested that maintaining sufficient vitamin D levels might play a role in delaying or preventing the onset of multiple sclerosis.
Read more about the study below:
“Multiple sclerosis is a debilitating autoimmune disease that affects the nerves in the brain and spinal cord. There is no known cure for MS and it usually presents between the ages of 20 and 40 years. While some observational evidence suggests there may be a link between lower vitamin D levels and MS risk, it is difficult to infer a causal relationship because individuals who develop MS in these studies might share another unknown characteristic that increases their risk of MS (this is known as confounding).
…genetically lowered vitamin D levels are strongly associated with increased susceptibility to MS. Whether vitamin D sufficiency can delay, or prevent, MS onset merits further investigation in long-term randomized controlled trials.”
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