Teen obesity may boost MS risk in women

November 10, 2009 2:56:46 PM PST
Teenage obesity may make women more likely to develop multiple sclerosis later in life. The discovery comes from a study by the Harvard School of Public Health.

Researchers tracked more than 230,000 women for 40 years. Results show that women who were obese at 18 were twice as likely to develop MS.

Researchers believe the connection between teen obesity and MS may have something to do with vitamin D levels. Some past research has indicated the vitamin can help reduce the risk of MS.

But fatty tissue is suspected of reducing a person's vitamin D levels.

MS experts stress, more research in this area is still needed.


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