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Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Recommendations on Vitamin D use in Multiple Sclerosis

From the Annual meeting of the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers
June 2-5, 2010 San Antonio Texas

Information provided by: Cherie C. Binns RN BS MSCN


In a talk given by Alan Bowling, MD PhD of the Colorado Neurological Institute in Englewood, Co, Vitamin D usage in Patients with MS was revisited.

For several years now, it has been felt that Vitamin D has a neuroprotective effect on the Central Nervous System in persons with MS and that most of these people test low or deficient in Vitamin D Levels. Supplementation has been thought to be helpful in protecting against further axonal damage and even potentially prevent relapses. To date, Vitamin D has been believed to be free of major adverse side effects and is safe in even high doses of up to 10,000 IU daily for long periods of time. There is anecdotal evidence that persons with MS (PWMS) report feeling better with a reduction in neurological symptoms while on high doses of this vitamin.





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2 comments:

maryd said...

I HAVE TAKEN VIT D FOR A FEW YEARS AND DRANK MILK BY THE GALLON WHEN YOUNG SO QUESTION MY NEED FOR MORE.THINK THE DISEASE WAS DEF, GENETICALLY ORIENTED IN MY CASE/

Anonymous said...

I had read about vitamin D deficiency again about 2 years ago, so asked to be tested. (I have MS.) My levels were so low they were virtually non-existent. I took supplements and was retested about a year later and they were normal.