Ya, from what I've read about MS, living in areas that don't get adequate sunlight for vitamin D formation... such as the North... is a risk factor in MS.
What interested me in this article was the questions it raised about long term supplementation of Vitamin D. Most studies on supplementation focus on the short term effects.
There's no question as to the short termed benefits, since vitamin D functions as a steroid in the body (technically D is a secosteroid and really not a vitamin). Steroids (cortisol as an example)are known inflammation fighters... but for the short term.
We all know the changes that high cortisol over time makes in the body... deposition of abdominal fat, thinning skin, etc.
The article equates the wholesale recommendations for supplementation without fully knowing how Vitamin D works in the body, to the earlier trials for women, with HRT.... hormone replacement therapy. It suggests that there may be consequences for those keeping our levels of D elevated long term.
Edited to add:
Spirit... I'd love it if you could print the article out and give it to one of your doctors, get their take on it.
I'm not sure really what to think.. which is why I've posted the article.
Like you, I have to take a huge amount of vitamin D simply to stay in range.
Although I have not tested myself recently to see where my levels are... if there's been a change now that my thyroid is balanced.
Edited by: MZZCHIEF at: 4/7/2013 (13:50)
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