According to a recent study, keeping a healthy diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains may alleviate and reduce symptoms of multiple sclerosis. The study was published in the journal, Neurology, and it involved approximately 7 thousand people with all types of MS who completed questionnaires about the disease.
Multiple sclerosis is a disabling disease that can affect the brain and/or the spinal cord. The disease is so crippling that it essentially has your immune system consume the nerve’s protective covering. Symptoms of multiple sclerosis may include vision loss, pain, fatigue, and impaired coordination.
The research revealed that people who ate healthily were 20 percent less likely to develop a physical disability, almost 50 percent less likely to have depression, 30 percent less likely to suffer from chronic fatigue and more than 40 percent less likely to have pain.
In order to prevent this disease, people need to have a healthy weight, made possible by regular physical activity, not smoke and eat plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. High amounts of sugar from desserts and sweetened beverages are not recommended. In addition, the list also points to eating less red meats and processed meats.
“People with MS often ask if there is anything they can do to delay or avoid disability, and many people who want to know if their diet can play a role,” said Kathrin C. Fitzgerald, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
Fitzgerald acknowledges that there is no conclusive evidence on whether a healthy lifestyle reduces multiple sclerosis symptoms. However, she does point out there is a distinctive link between the two.
The results remained constant even when researchers accommodated other factors that could affect disability, such as age and how long they had multiple sclerosis.
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