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Description: Additionally, among people who have MS, low vitamin D levels have been linked to greater disability and more severe symptoms. American scientists believe their research could point the way
Additionally, among people who have MS, low vitamin D levels have been linked to greater disability and more severe symptoms.
American scientists believe their research could point the way towards a simple and cheap treatment for people with the disease, which is caused by the body's own immune system damaging nerve fibres.
Peter Calabresi, M.D. director of the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center and professor neurology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine has pegged the findings of the study exciting as vitamin D offers an low-cost, safe and convenient treatment for MS. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a nervous system disease that affects brain and spinal cord. Blood tests showed people taking the high dose had a decrease in the amount of t-cells linked to MS activity, while the low dose group showed no changes in t-cells.
"This study was not created to look at efficacy against MS. It was too small and too short to do that", said Bebo, whose group helped fund the research.
When researchers examined the immune response of the participants they found lowered levels of one type of T cell that is associated with inflammation due to the immune system attack, according to US News and World Report .
While researchers are still determining the optimal level of vitamin D in the blood for people with MS, a suggested range of 40 to 60 nanograms per milliliter (ng/ml) has been proposed as a target.
Twenty-one of the volunteers were randomly selected to receive 800 IU of vitamin D3 supplements each day for 6 months.
The people taking the high dose had a reduction in the percentage of inflammatory T cells related to MS severity.
Those who live in the Northern Hemisphere don't get a lot of exposure to direct sunlight, meaning they may need vitamin D supplements.
So, of course, doctors are always looking for ways to stop it, to treat it, or just to make it more bearable to those suffering from it. In recent study from the Johns Hopkins Multiple Sclerosis Center, scientists revealed that multiple sclerosis might be ameliorated by vitamin D.
The paper "provides an explanation of why vitamin D deficiency may exacerbate multiple sclerosis and why supplementation may be beneficial", Bourdette says. We'd encourage anybody with concerns about their levels to speak to their GP'.
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