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The Effect of Salt on MS May Depend on Genes and Gender, Say Researchers Funded by the National MS Society

August 7, 2015

Several reports have suggested that dietary salt can speed the development of the immune attack in an MS-like disease in mice. Now, National MS Society-supported researchers at the University of Vermont show that the mouse disease responded differently to a high salt diet, depending on their genetic makeup and gender. This study offers an important clue to teasing out whether reducing salt can inhibit MS immune attacks.  

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Multiple sclerosis, an unpredictable, often disabling disease of the central nervous system, interrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body. Symptoms range from numbness and tingling to blindness and paralysis. The progress, severity and specific symptoms of MS in any one person cannot yet be predicted, but advances in research and treatment are moving us closer to a world free of MS. Most people with MS are diagnosed between the ages of 20 and 50, with at least two to three times more women than men being diagnosed with the disease. MS affects more than 2.3 million people worldwide.