Research, recently published, suggests that babies born in May, in Britain and Canada may be more likely to develop MS in later life. Those babies born in Scotland face the biggest risk of all.
Researchers said the reason for the link between month of birth and MS risk was uncertain, but previous studies suggested exposure to sunshine and seasonal variations in the mother's vitamin D levels during pregnancy may have an impact on brain development of the baby. At this time of year the sunshine in Britain is very weak, and there is worrying evidence that many people may be suffering a lack of sunshine, leading to vitamin D deficiency. Even though this vitamin can be obtained from food, much of comes from sunshine.
Vitamin D has the reputation for helping to make strong bones, by helping the uptake of calcium. After all, in previous times the lack of vitamin D was so horrific that it showed up in children suffering poor bone growth and rickets.
But vitamin D does far more than just grow bones. New studies also show that, apart from reducing the risk of MS, it helps to fight many cancers, diabetes, blood pressure, osteoporosis, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis and schizophrenia.
To make a good supply of vitamin D in the body only needs ten minutes of sunlight on the face, arms and hands three times a week.
This research was reported by the local Huddersfield newspaper, I believe, called The Register.
I posted this information on one of the MS forums I frequent and, basically, it was laughed at.
You can boost your vitamin D levels by taking vitamin supplements. I, personally, have found the supplements to be ineffective, but a Mediterranean holiday works wonders. I think I should have six a year and have them prescribed on the NHS.
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