High-Dose Vitamin D May Not Be Better than Low-Dose Vitamin D in Treating MS
“We did not find added benefit from high-dose vitamin D over and above ongoing low-dose vitamin D supplementation, but these results need to be confirmed with larger studies,” said Mark S. Stein, MBBS, PhD, FRACP, of The Royal Melbourne Hospital and The Walter and Eliza Hall Institute of Medical Research in Parkville, Australia.
The six-month study involved 23 people with the relapsing-remitting form of MS. All of the participants received low-dose vitamin D (1,000 international units daily) to prevent any vitamin D deficiency. Half of the participants also received high-dose vitamin D2 to elevate their blood vitamin D to high levels (with a target serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D level of 130-175nM). The other half received a placebo high-dose.
MRI scans of the participants’ brains were performed at the start of the study and again after four, five and six months. There was no significant difference between the two groups in the number of new abnormalities that had formed in the brain after six months and no significant difference in the change in the total volume of brain abnormalities.
Four of the 11 people taking the high-dose vitamin D, or 37 percent, had a relapse where their MS symptoms worsened during the study, while none of the 12 people taking only low-dose vitamin D had any relapses.
Stein noted that the study involved people who had MS for an average of six years. “It’s possible that studies of high-dose vitamin D at an earlier stage of MS may lead to different results,” he said.
This study was supported by The Myer Foundation in Melbourne, Australia.
The American Academy of Neurology, an association of more than 24,000 neurologists and neuroscience professionals, is dedicated to promoting the highest quality patient-centered neurologic care. A neurologist is a doctor with specialized training in diagnosing, treating and managing disorders of the brain and nervous system such as Alzheimer’s disease, stroke, migraine, multiple sclerosis, brain injury, Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy.
For more information about the American Academy of Neurology, visit http://www.aan.com
Alle Nachrichten aus der Kategorie: Studien Analysen
Hier bietet Ihnen der innovations report interessante Studien und Analysen u. a. aus den Bereichen Wirtschaft und Finanzen, Medizin und Pharma, Ökologie und Umwelt, Energie, Kommunikation und Medien, Verkehr, Arbeit, Familie und Freizeit.
Perowskit-Solarzellen erklimmen neues Leistungs-Hoch
In einer Zusammenarbeit zwischen der Universität Pavia (Italien) und dem Center for Advancing Electronics Dresden an der Technischen Universität Dresden (Deutschland) haben Forscherinnen und Forscher eine neuartige Methode zur Herstellung…
Blauer Wasserstoff kann das Klima schützen
Eine internationale Gruppe von Forschenden unter Leitung des Paul Scherrer Instituts PSI und der Heriot-Watt-Universität haben die Klimawirkungen von sogenanntem blauem Wasserstoff umfangreich analysiert. Er wird aus Erdgas gewonnen, wobei…