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Vitamin D may cut MS, arthritis risks


Vitamin D may cut MS, arthritis risks
Harvard Women's Health Watch
May 4, 2004
Source: News Day

News from Harvard Medical School indicates that a higher intake of vitamin D from supplements may lower a woman's risk for multiple sclerosis, which is caused by damage to the myelin sheath that protects nerves. Researchers examined data collected from more than 187,000 women participating in the original Nurses' Health Study and the Nurses' Health Study II, begun 10 years later. Women with the highest vitamin D intake from supplements - 400 IU or more per day - were 40 percent less likely to develop MS than those who took no supplements.

And according to research published in the journal Arthritis and Rheumatism (January 2004), a higher intake of vitamin D also may lower postmenopausal women's risk for rheumatoid arthritis, an autoimmune disease marked by progressive joint deterioration.

Researchers with the Iowa Women's Health Study obtained information about vitamin D and calcium intake from questionnaires returned by nearly 30,000 women, ages 55-69, who were free of rheumatoid arthritis when the study began in 1986. After 11 years, women with the highest vitamin D intake from food, compared to those with the lowest, were 28 percent less likely to have rheumatoid arthritis. Supplemental vitamin D was associated with a 36 percent decrease in risk.

Copyright © 2004, Newsday, Inc.

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