Word on Health has just learned of a study that suggests drinking milk during pregnancy may help reduce a baby’s chances of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). Researchers from Harvard School of Public Health will present preliminary results at the upcoming meeting of the American Academy of Neurology.
The data we’ve seen so far look very interesting. More than 35,000 mothers were surveyed over a 16 year period. The risk of their daughters developing MS was 56% lower for mothers who drank four or more glasses of milk a day, compared to those that drank 3 or less glasses / month.
The results add further credibility to earlier studies that link MS with vitamin D deficiency.
While these findings are not going to change the lives of the 350,000 Americans currently estimated to have MS, they may, in the future, be able to prevent some of the 200 new cases diagnosed each week.
More importantly this study may be able to reduce the 2.5 billion dollars the US spends each year on MS care.
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