DON’T LIVE IN AZ OR FL? ARE YOU OR YOUR CHILDREN AT RISK FOR MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS??
The likely answer is yes. There is a clear delineation between those living at higher latitudes and the risk of MS, with Vit D being the key link. And while Vit D likely plays an integral role in the onset of MS, it’s effect on treatment of MS is not that strong. That means effecting the process before it starts. So why doesn’t everyone in the frigid tundra of Chicago get MS? The answer most likely lies in genetic uniquenesses. This article looks at genetic uniquenesses (called “SNPs”) that may contribute to risk in the presence of lower Vit D levels. Basically, if you have a disadvantaged SNP and you don’t have enough Vit D, your risk is much higher. One of the SNPs (Vitamin D receptor, or VDR) is of concern. These SNPs, despite common perception, ARE are to be checked with simple cheek swabs with certain companies.