Vitamin D Deficiency and MS

I am 36 yrs old and just had bloodwork done w/ a gastroenterologist due to chronic constipation. The bloodwork was normal with the exception of a very low Vitamin D level. The doctor wants me to take 2,000 IU's of Vitamin D. for 8 weeks and then get rechecked. My question is that my sister who is 48 has M.S. and I've read there is a link for M.S. and low vitamin D. Should I be worried?

I am otherwise healthy, never smoked, just had a healthy first baby 8 months ago. I have had pain in my ankles since September, but otherwise feel good. Doctors do not know what is causing the pain.

Thanks for any insight.


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Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis...
by: Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune Queen!

Hi Jennifer,

Well, there is quite a bit of evidence that MS and Vitamin D are linked. Whether low Vitamin D levels are one of the causes of MS is still in debate (and probably will be for decades).

But there are many scientists who believe that there is plenty of evidence to say that Vitamin D could contribute to not only MS, but:

* Diabetes

* Cancer

* Osteoporosis

* Heart Failure

* All cause mortality

and the list goes on-and-on. So, the fact that you have vitamin d deficiency SHOULD cause you to be worried and want to get your vitamin d level up to Normal Vitamin D Levels- not only for yourself, but for you sister who could potentially be IMPROVED with aggressive Vitamin D Treatment.

AND I would be worried about my baby most of all, vitamin d is IMPERATIVE for proper development of infants. There are many studies about Vitamin D During Pregnancy and the health of the child later on in life!!

And if YOU are vitamin d deficient and have an 8 month old, that means that your baby got virtually no vitamin d from you in utero nor from your breast milk. So, the chances are EXTREMELY likely, in fact almost CERTAIN that your baby is deficient!

While there are few studies done on children and Vitamin D, one study from Finland showed that children who got an average of 2000 IU's of Vitamin D per day during their childhood had significantly less diabetes than children who didn't take Vitamin D.

And that also reminds me, 2000 IU's is HALF of your daily Vitamin D Requirements! It is certainly NOT an appropriate dose for Vitamin D Deficiency Treatment!!

Yipes! So, please make sure that you read the pages that I have outlined above so that you have a better understanding of why you need MUCH higher dosages of Vitamin D and why your baby needs vitamin d too!!

Let me know if you have any questions...

Kerri Knox RN Immune Health Queen

Kerri Knox, RN- The Immune System Queen
Functional Medicine Practitioner
Easy Immune

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