Exposure to UV radiation seems to protect against autoimmune diseases such as MS and Type 1 diabetes. Studies have shown that the closer you live to the equator, the less likely you are to develop an autoimmune disease. Individuals who reside in the southern United States are less frequently diagnosed than individuals who reside in Canada and the northern United States. The early years matter also, if you lived in the south your first 10 years, you have a reduced risk of developing MS even if you move to a northern state or area and reside there the rest of your life.
The production of vitamin D is triggered by ultraviolet B rays from the sun. Vitamin D helps modulate your body’s defense system. Studies have shown that in individuals who have the potential for developing autoimmunity, vitamin D reduces the risk and may in fact slow the progression of certain autoimmune disorders in their early stages. 2000-4000 IU’s daily of vitamin D is recommended by most experts.
Dr. Anne Hermann, a holistic internal medicine physician, offers comprehensive vitamin and nutritional testing to her patients. As well as alternative treatment options for many health conditions, including autoimmune disorders. Offices are maintained in Tampa and Saint Petersburg Beach, Florida. Please contact the office at (813) 902-9559 for more information or to schedule an appointment.