Earlier studies have linked low level of vitamin D and sufferers of MS. A new study wanted to identify a link between vitamin D and other conditions of the spinal cord, like Transverse Myelitis (TM) and Neuromyelitis Optica (NMO). It also wanted to examine why more patients get recurrent episodes and others a single attack.
Looking at data from seventy seven patients, with a mix of monophase and recurrent sufferers, the study noted a marked difference between the two in the levels of vitamin D present, 2:1 in favour of the monophase group.
The study concluded that vitamin D levels could have a bearing on the recurrence of the two disorders. It also recommended further research was needed to identify a clear link between autoimmune disorders and vitamin D.
Whilst more research is needed, it is never the less an exciting development in the importance of vitamin D – anti-inflammatory disorders of the spine.
Source – The Transverse Myelitis Association – March 2012