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Vitamin D v MS in kids.

A study in Canada has found that children under 16 are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) if their vitamin D level is lower. This matches previous findings for adults.

MS occurs when the protective myelin sheath around neurons is stripped off, which means they no longer work.

The data came from the Canadian National Pediatric Demyelinating Diseases network, which looks at all diseases that attack the myelin sheath, including MS.

208 children under 16 suffered an acute attack, and 41 went on to be diagnosed with MS shortly thereafter.

Those diagnosed with MS had an average vitamin D level of 52 nmol/L compared to 66 nmol/L for those without a diagnosis of MS. In adults, a level of 75 nmol/L is generally thought desirable, and children usually have higher levels than adults.

However, a 2009 study of 6,000 US children aged 1 to 21 found that 70% were low to deficient in Vitamin D, while the list of causes was headed by a lack of time spent in sunlight.

In the US, the National Academies recommend supplements of 200 International Units (IUs) of vitamin D per day in everyone up to age 50. Over 50, the recommendation is 400 to 600 IUs per day.

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October 17, 2010 - Posted by | Canada, Multiple sclerosis, Success, United States, Vitamin D

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