Could giving Vitamin D to pregnant women prevent MS in babies?

14 November 2012

Pregnant women should be given vitamin D supplements to ward off multiple sclerosis, scientists have said.

Research published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry found that there is now a strong case for vitamin D supplementation of pregnant women in countries which have low ultraviolet light levels between October and March.

People who live further than 52 degrees from the equator are exposed to insufficient amount of ultraviolent light between October and March for the body to produce enough vitamin D.

There was found to be an additional five per cent risk of developing the condition for infants born in April.

Furthermore, the risk of MS was five to seven per cent lower among people born between October and November.

The authors concluded: "This finding, which supports concepts hypothesised some years previously, surely adds weight to the argument for early intervention studies to prevent MS through vitamin D supplementation."

Posted by Jeanette Royston

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