First step is to take Vitamin D3, minimum level for pwMS is 125 nmol/L of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in blood (50ng/ml). My advice (edited 3 March 13 with new title) This level applies before and after de-stenosis:
- Take 5 to 10,000 IU a day of D3. It is very cheap and safe for adults.
- Target level (minimum for pwMS) is 125 nmol/L of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in blood (50ng/ml).
This thread contains lots of info on this subject.
I try to answer questions on D3 asked on this thread.
How the thread started:
There was a thread 'Stop Vitamin D'http://www.thisisms.com/ftopict-14540-.html
I gave advice to take Vit D3 from my memory as I had looked into D3 some years ago. To update myself I decided to do some continuing professional development (CPD) on the subject of vit D and MS.
My advice has been supported by my reading so I have summarised this:
- Take 5 to 10,000 IU a day of D3. It is safe for adults.
- Target range is 100 to 150 nmol/L of 25-hydroxyvitamin D in blood (measure in Feb-Mar). Lifeguards in St. Louis have 150 nmol/L naturally.
I am not a person to give you lots of references so here are two:
- Lancet Neurology June 2010 p555 - Leading Edge. Short 1 page summary, easy reading.
- Lancet Neurology June 2010 p599-612 - Vitamin D and Multiple Sclerosis. Review from Harvard with 196 references, heavy material.
I note that Vitamin D is important for many areas of health, including vascular health, which has already been discussed on the forum.
So if you have MS and do not have good blood levels of vit D, why are you not taking vit D3 ??
My advice - take one 5000 IU capsule a day until Feb/Mar next year, then get tested. I take D3 as Cholecalciferol in a softgel capsule. This is the most bioavailable form.
Part of my CPD is to record who used my advice, so please let me know what you think of and do with this information.