Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis hospital admissions in Scotland

In this study there is a link between hospital admissions due to MS in Scotland and the average vitamin D levels in the previous 4 months. As you can see from the graphs above the greatest admission rates were in Spring (April to June) when vitamin D levels are the lowest.

"This suggests that low vitamin D levels are associated with whatever causes MS'ers to be admitted to hospital, i.e. relapses and infections."

"We know from numerous other studies that being deficient in vitamin D affects your immunity and increases your risk of infections and probably relapses."

"This study is another reason to make sure that you are vitamin D replete. There is not enough good quality sunshine in the UK to do this so you need to take supplements. I advocate 5,000U of vitamin D3 per day."

See some previous posts: 6 Feb 2011 (What dose of vD?)3 Dec 20102 May 2011

Epub ahead of print: Disanto et al. Vitamin D and multiple sclerosis hospital admissions in Scotland. QJM. 2011 Jun 29.