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The Link Between MS and Vitamin D
If you have multiple sclerosis, you know about all the random things that can be affected by your illness. You've probably got extra fatigue, maybe muscle spasms, and bladder problems. A deficiency in vitamin D is one of those things. Actually, some doctors suggest that our deficiency made us more likely to get MS in the first place.
A large percentage of the US population are likely deficient in vitamin D, but those people living with MS are at an even greater risk for it. You get vitamin D from the sun, and MS affects more people in the northern regions of the world....where people are inside more and there's less sun shining! It's all related, no?
Vitamin D helps keep the bones strong as well as (more important for the purpose of this article) keep the immune system strong. It's very important that you take a vitamin D supplement after consulting with your doctor. Do this especially if there's holes in your nutrition! You can get tested for vitamin d deficiencies; just make an appointment with your doctor.
In addition to taking a daily multivitamin, I also take 1000 IU of vitamin d daily. I think it's really important and I wish I would have known about the link between the two earlier. I know that I will definitely encourage my children to drink plenty of milk as well as spend the recommended 15-20 daily in the sun! I actually just saw my doctor and I was complaining about my fatigue and asking what I can do about it. He asked what vitamins I'm taking and I said something like "Well, I'm taking a multivitamin and vitamin d even if I don't know if I'm deficient or not...haha...." Dr. said that was probably a good idea for me whether it be the MS or just because he understands the importance of d. Who knows?