Could Vitamin D be the key to MS treatment?

Hello and welcome to my blog!

 

Yesterday a very interesting development in the fight against Multiple Sclerosis popped up on my Twitter feed. 

A study led by the Harvard School of Public Health, USA has shown how vitamin D can be used in both the prediction of severity of MS and the treatment of the disease also. The researchers found how MS sufferers, especially early onset ones, could improve their outcomes by taking a vitamin D supplement. Levels of vitamin D in the blood were found to predict the severity of the disease and low levels were shown to quicken its progression. 

Although this is not the first study on the effects of vitamin D on MS outcomes, it was the first to look at patients who had just started to develop MS symptoms and thus how levels of vitamin D could actually determine the severity of the disease. The study used data from 465 MS patients with early onset symptoms. Due to this the researchers were able to see how the levels of vitamin D affected the type and severity of the disease symptoms over a time period of five years.

Furthermore, they showed how MS sufferers who had normal levels of vitamin D had a vastly lower rate of brain lesions and a vastly lower rate of relapse, both at 57% lower than sufferers with low levels of vitamin D. This shows how levels of vitamin D directly affects how and how severely the disease manifests itself within a person. Therefore, we can see that vitamin D has a protective effect on the brain from the process that underpins MS. 

Hopefully this will lead to a better and brighter future for MS sufferers. What I love about the results of this study is that the solution is so very simple and inexpensive. We already have the treatment which will vastly improve the lives of MS sufferers and it is easily accessible and inexpensive. This is not a study which will then lead to multiple other studies which will finally find a suitable drug, it is one that finds a solution which is very easy to implement. This is why I find this particular study heartening because I know the simple solution will help the 2.5 million MS sufferers worldwide against this horrible disease.

 

Link to the JAMA Neurology study: http://archneur.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=1815002

 

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