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Vitamin D Consumption During Pregnancy May Decrease Child’s Risk Of MS

February 9, 2010: 05:01 PM EST
The risk of contracting multiple sclerosis (MS) among daughters whose mothers drank four glasses of vitamin D-rich milk a day was 56 percent lower than daughters whose mothers consumed less than three glasses of milk per month, according to a new U.S. study of nearly 36,000 nurses whose mothers answered a questionnaire in 2001 about their pregnancies. Over the 16-year study period, 199 of the nurses developed MS. "There is growing evidence that vitamin D has an effect on MS,” a researcher said. “The results of this study suggest that this effect may begin in the womb." Other good sources of vitamin D are fatty fish such as salmon and exposure to sunlight.
Fariba Mirzaei, MD, et al., "Drinking milk during pregnancy may lower baby's risk of MS", resentation at the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting (press release), February 09, 2010, via EurekAlert, © American Academy of Neurology
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