I tried. I really did. Alas, sitting in the sun on my patio for 15-minute intervals twice a day did not fit into my busy schedule. Why would I do this? My Vitamin D levels are too low and, for MSers, this may not be a good thing.
Lots of neuros recommend that we get outside more often, to soak up that important sun vitamin, Vitamin D. They encourage this because a lot of research suggests that increased Vitamin D levels will influence our MS, positively. Yet running around half-naked is not gonna work for me.
4,000 iu/day of Vitamin D tablets. We’ll see what my levels are in three months, per doctor’s orders.
To read more about my story with Vitamin D and sun worshipping, check out this blog post on http://multiplesclerosis.net from a few months ago. Here’s an excerpt:
“We don’t run around naked as much as we should”
I heard this during the 13th Annual UCSD MS Symposium in San Diego as neurologists fielded questions from the audience about the relationship between vitamin D and multiple sclerosis. And, they weren’t trying to be weird. Rather, these respected doctors encouraged us to monitor our vitamin D levels and get out in the sun more. Nothing new here, though, as we have all seen the same news bulletins: low levels of vitamin D may influence multiple sclerosis. And, there’s the hypothesis that supplementation with vitamin D may have a protective effect... [read more]
In the meanwhile, what has been your experience with the sun vitamin? Do you layout in the sun or take Vitamin D tablets? And, are your Vitamin D levels where you want them to be and, most importantly, how do you feel?