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Strong New Evidence That MS Risk Affected by Birth Month, Mom's Vitamin D Status

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  • People living in Northern latitudes who were born in April or May, just after the darker, colder winter months when sunlight is generally insufficient to produce adequate vitamin D, were more likely to have multiple sclerosis than those born during October and November (after the summer months).
  • A large number of studies have confirmed that your risk of MS increases the farther away you live from the equator.
  • Vitamin D may positively affect MS by modulating chemicals called cytokines, which affect your immune system and can either reduce or increase inflammation.
  • Vitamin D supplementation during pregnancy could also save the lives of 500,000 premature babies annually by reducing the number of premature births.

By Dr. Mercola

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic, degenerative disease of the nerves in your brain and spinal column, caused by the immune-mediated destruction of myelin, the insulating substance around the nerves in your central nervous system.


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