A November 2012 study found that high levels of vitamin D could prevent multiple sclerosis (MS) in pregnant mothers, but not their babies. The study, published in the journal Neurology, analyzed data of 291,599 blood samples from 164,000 people in Sweden. Researchers found that women with high levels of vitamin D in their blood had reduced their risk for MS by 61 percent, compared to those who had low levels of vitamin D in their blood. However, there was no link found between the mother’s vitamin D level and her child developing MS.
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Can it prevent heart disease in diabetics?
Another recent study published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, found that diabetics with low levels of vitamin D are more likely to develop clogged arteries, which can lead to heart disease. For the study, researchers looked at vitamin D levels of 43 patients with type 2 diabetes. They compared these results to vitamin D levels of 25 non-diabetics of the same sex, body type and age. They found that in diabetics with low levels of vitamin D, or less than 30 nanograms per milliliter of blood, the macrophages were more prone to stick to the blood vessel walls. Eventually, this leads to cholesterol build-up, hardening of the arteries and obstructed blood movement.
Researchers say they took every factor into account, including blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes control, body weight and race, and only vitamin D levels correlated to whether the macrophages stuck to the blood vessel wall. The researchers are conducting further research to see if giving vitamin D to diabetics can reduce the chance of getting clogged arteries.
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