Cathy Chester interviews Dr. Mary Ann Picone on the possible role of vitamin D deficiency in multiple sclerosis.
Vitamin D plays a part in regulating the immune system in the human body. As Multiple Sclerosis is an immune disease, Vit D could have a protective/modulating effect that influences the disease positively.
Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune disorder in which the immune system of your own body attacks the nerves and especially their myelin sheaths. Myelin damage disrupts communication between nerve cells. Thus functions controlled by nerves could be disabled. As the nervous system is controlling almost all functions of the human body, Multiple Sclerosis may manifest itself through various symptoms. That’s why diagnosing MS is difficult and sometimes takes years. It is an unpredictable, often disabling diseaseand primarily occurs in young adults between the ages of 20 and 40. MS is twice as common in women as it is in men. read more