Too much sun is not good for your skin, and can cause skin cancer. A deficiency in sunlight however, might not be good as you will face increased risk of Multiple Sclerosis, according to a new research published by Kassandra Munger, from the US Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health. MS is a serious disease which effectively leads to a weakness in the body and you can also read about it here. We saw this news first on Salem State Log.
Deficiency in Vitamin D can lead to increased risk of Multiple Sclerosis
The specifics of the study revolves around studying many women, and the conclusion was that normalizing Vitamin D deficiency in young and middle-age women might lead to reduced risk of Multiple Sclerosis from developing.
The specifics of the research
The study was done on a repository of over 800,000 women who reside in Finland and had their blood samples taken from prenatal testing. A total of 1,092 women was observed to have developed 9 years after MS relative to another 2,123 who did not. Essentially, a deficiency in Vitamin D was indicated as samples which have less than 30 nanomoles per liter.
Some questions about the research
After reading through the research, we do have some questions:
- How were the women tracked over the 9 years period?
- Is it a consistent study day over day or was it two static observations of blood samples now and 9 years ago?
- How did the researchers monitor and track Vitamin D intake via sun versus other food? Length of exposure? Duration of exposure across temperature differences?
What can we do to increase our intake of Vitamin D?
Regardless of the various questions about the research, it is always good to be in a balanced nutritious state. While the sun is one of the key way to adopt Vitamin D, there are foods which can do that as well, such as tuna, mackerel, salmon and even cheese and egg yolks.
This study is interesting because we have always emphasized a healthy diet and regular exercise as a way to fight against diseases. We are in an era of over consumption, and sometimes, many people who consume recklessly will pay for it in the future with ill health. It is time for us to take back control of our health into our own hands.