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Vitamin D Deficiency During Early Pregnancy Can Lead to MS in Offspring

March 10, 2016

A study published online in JAMA Neurology suggests that pregnant mothers with elevated levels of vitamin D, associated lower risk of MS for their offspring when they reach adulthood. Naturally this indicates that mothers with a vitamin D deficiency are setting their offspring up with a higher risk.

Obviously the central cause of the disease is still unknown. Scientists believe that the interaction of various immunologic, genetic, infectious and environmental factors may be involved in the development of MS.

One such environmental factor, is vitamin D. In areas where there are greater amounts of sunlight, people have higher levels of naturally-produced vitamin D and are associated to lesser risk of MS.

The authors assessed 193 individuals with MS whose mothers were part of the Finnish Maternity Cohort, which was established in 1983 and comprises over 800,000 mothers and more than 1.5 milion serum samples.

Results show that children who were vitamin-D deficient had a 90 percent higher risk to develop MS as an adult as compared to children who had mothers that had healthy vitamin D levels.