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Multiple Sclerosis: Research

Volume 491: debated on Wednesday 22 April 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on a possible link between vitamin D and a common genetic variant which lowers the risk of developing multiple sclerosis; and if he will make a statement. (267953)

The Department has made no assessment of evidence on a possible link between vitamin D and a common genetic variant which lowers the risk of developing multiple sclerosis.

Current Government policy recommends a dietary supplementation of vitamin D in certain groups including all pregnant and breastfeeding women, children from six months up to the age of five years and people aged over 65 years or housebound.