Vitamin D Deficiency Link Found Between African-Americans and Multiple Sclerosis

A new study by scientists has found that African-Americans with multiple sclerosis tend to have lower Vitamin D levels than people without the disease.

Those results come from Dr. Ari Green who began a national study 10 years ago to discover determining factors in the disease among the African-American population.

To conduct their finding 339 patients with MS and 342 patients without the disease were tracked. The study found that those with MS were more likely to have lower levels of Vitamin D than those without (77% to 71%).

It was also noted in the study by Dr. Bruce Cree that even though Causcasians tend to get the disease more often, they suffer less than African-Americans who also contract the disease.

According to the Eureka Science News Alert:

Multiple sclerosis, a debilitating disease that affects the brain and the spinal cord, is an auto-immune disorder that causes myelin sheath damage, an important substance that protects nerve cells in the central nervous system. The nerve signals between the brain and spinal cord are subsequently disrupted or impaired. Resulting physical symptoms of those with MS are fatigue, memory impairment, and debilitating muscular movement.

The study used a small percentage of affected African-Americans (6%) however a better understanding of the effects Vitamin D has on their bodies compared to Caucasian sufferers of the disease could go a very long way in the treatment of MS.