Intermittent Fasting Changes Gut Bacteria and Reduces MS-Like Symptoms in Mice
July 12, 2018
-- Trial underway with funding from the National MS Society to test fasting in people with MS
Researchers in the U.S. and Italy published study results showing that intermittent fasting enriched gut bacteria in mice, and reduced MS-like symptoms. Taking it a step further, the investigators found that intermittent fasting in 16 people with relapsing MS changed blood levels of molecules that relate to inflammation. Gut bacteria changes were similar to those seen in mice.
Now the team is performing a clinical trial in 40 people with MS to compare intermittent fasting (eating no more than 500 calories per day for two days per week) to a group eating their normal western-style diet. This study is funded by the National MS Society, and the lab research was supported through the Society’s research training programs.
Read more about this team’s research
See a scientific summary of the paper published in Cell Metabolism
Eat healthy as part of living well with MS
Multiple sclerosis is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system. Currently there is no cure. Symptoms vary from person to person and may include disabling fatigue, mobility challenges, cognitive changes, and vision issues. An estimated 1 million people live with MS in the United States. Early diagnosis and treatment are critical to minimize disability. Significant progress is being made to achieve a world free of MS.