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Does Eating Fish Protect Against MS? One of Many Studies to be Featured at Upcoming AAN Meeting

March 1, 2018

  • Intriguing study results related to the possible protection against MS conferred by eating fish, and many other research results will be presented at the upcoming American Academy of Neurology’s Annual Meeting in Los Angeles on April 21-27.
  • In-depth information about these studies will not be available until the investigators present their findings during the meeting.
  • The National MS Society will be providing reports summarizing significant results to be presented.
The Academy issued a press release this week highlighting one multiple sclerosis-related study:
Eating Fish May Be Tied to a Reduced Risk of MS: Dr. Annette Langer-Gould (Kaiser Permanente Southern California) and team examined the diets of 1,153 people from a variety of backgrounds, about half of whom had been diagnosed with MS or clinically isolated syndrome (CIS - an initial neurological attack that may or may not become MS).

Participants were asked about how much fish they regularly ate. High fish intake was defined as either eating one serving of fish per week or eating one to three servings per month plus taking daily fish oil supplements. Low intake was defined as less than one serving of fish per month and taking no fish oil supplements. The team reported a reduced risk of MS and CIS among those whose intake of fish was considered high.

While the study adds to previous research suggesting that eating fish or omega-3 fatty acids, and how they are processed by the body, may play an important role in reducing MS risk, the authors emphasize that an identified link such as this one does not prove cause and effect.

The study was supported by the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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