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Can lack of vitamin D in childhood cause multiple sclerosis (MS)?

Researchers from the University of Toronto have continued studying the role vitamin D plays in multiple sclerosis (MS), finding that children with low levels could be at a higher risk of developing the condition.

They looked at a biomarker for vitamin D in young people who had a demyelinating event and were later diagnosed with MS. The researchers found such children often had significantly lower levels of the vitamin than those not diagnosed with MS.

Exposure to sunlight produces vitamin D in the body, which coalesces with the fact that MS is more commonly found in countries further away from the equator. The vitamin also is found in foods and can be taken as a dietary supplement.

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