Tags:

Low-Dose Vitamin D Works Better For MS Than High Doses

Monday, 24 Oct 2011 05:27 PM

Low vitamin D levels have been linked to an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), but a new study found that high doses of vitamin D did not help MS patients any more than low doses.

“We did not find added benefit from high-dose vitamin D over and above ongoing low-dose vitamin D supplementation," said study author Mark S. Stein of The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Parkville, Australia.

The six-month study published Oct. 25 in the journal Neurology involved 23 people with the relapsing-remitting form of MS. All of the participants received low-dose vitamin D (1,000 IUs daily) to prevent any vitamin D deficiency. Half of the participants also received high-dose vitamin D2 to elevate their blood vitamin D to high levels. The other half received a placebo high-dose.

Four of the 11 people taking the high-dose vitamin D, or 37 percent, had a relapse where their MS symptoms worsened during the study, while none of the 12 people taking only low-dose vitamin D had any relapses.

Stein noted that the study involved people who had MS for an average of six years. “It’s possible that studies of high-dose vitamin D at an earlier stage of MS may lead to different results,” he said.


© HealthDay

   
1Like our page
2Share
Health-Wire
215
2011-27-24
Monday, 24 Oct 2011 05:27 PM
Newsmax Inc.
 

The information presented on this website is not intended as specific medical advice and is not a substitute for professional medical treatment or diagnosis. Read Newsmax Terms and Conditions of Service.

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved