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Lower Multiple Sclerosis Risk if Your Mamma Drank Milk and Took Vitamin D

Many studies have pointed to vitamin D's protective role in the development of multiple sclerosis (MS), but the effect of gestational vitamin D on adult-onset MS has not been studied.

In 2001, 35,794 mothers (of nurses who participated in the Nurses' Health Study II) completed a questionnaire inquiring about their experiences and diet during pregnancy with their daughters. The authors of this newly published study investigated the association of maternal milk and dietary vitamin D intake, and predicted maternal serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D) during pregnancy, and their daughters' risk of developing MS.

MS was diagnosed in 199 women. The relative risk of MS was lower among women born to mothers with high milk or vitamin D intake during pregnancy. There was a 38% reduced risk for nurses whose mothers consumed 2-3 glasses of milk daily, compared with those whose mothers consumed <3 glasses per month. There was a 43% reduction in risk for nurses with mothers who consumed the highest amount of dietary vitamin D intake when compared with those in the lowest.

The results of this study add more weight to the evidence supporting vitamin D's protective role in MS development. The researchers conclude, "higher maternal milk and vitamin D intake during pregnancy may be associated with a lower risk of developing MS in offspring."

Source: Gestational vitamin D and the risk of multiple sclerosis in offspring

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