Does anyone care to speculate on the prevalence of MS in our neck of the woods AND our relative low levels of Vitamin D due to our extended winters, our general "indooredness", and the use of sunscreen, which prevents the absorption of Vitamin D from the sun?
If you haven't done so already, DO get your Vitamin D levels tested - just ask your Doctor if he/she hasn't recommended it yet. And don't settle for "within normal range". Tell your doctor that you want to aim for "optimal" and supplement accordingly. This will require testing again after a few months to see how much your levels have come up. I've been taking 5,000 to 6,000 international units (IU) per day for more than a year and I still haven't reached optimal. My doctor said to keep on doing what I'm doing.
Less than optimal levels of Vitamin D in our bodies is associated with not just MS but various cancers and other diseases ... even colds and flues. When do most people catch a cold or get the flu? Would that be winter? When our Vitamin D levels are likely to be at their lowest? Hmmm ...
Just sayin ...
Vitamin D Council News:
"While for years scientists have noted an association between levels of vitamin D in a person’s body and the person’s ability to resist or minimize the effects of multiple sclerosis (MS), the mechanism involved has not been established. However new research by Sylvia Christakos, Ph.D., of UMDNJ-New Jersey Medical School, Sneha Joshi (a UMDNJ Ph.D. student), and colleagues (including Lawrence Steinman, MD, of Stanford University) appears to have uncovered that process."
Read more at the above link.