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New Study Shows How Diet May Impact MS Course

April 25, 2019

A New York team funded by the National MS Society and others found that people with MS who were overweight or obese had increases in certain fatty molecules (lipids) and immune cells, which were linked with worse clinical symptoms and worse disease activity on MRI scans. Further research suggested the lipid molecules – known as ceramides – modified gene activity in immune cells (monocytes), causing them to multiply more frequently, and possibly leading to the increase in disease activity.

This study adds to a growing body of research showing links between obesity and the development of MS. Read more about taking charge by eating healthy.

Further study in larger numbers of people is necessary to confirm these findings, and to determine if changes in diet can help to offset ceramide activity and reduce MS activity.

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Read the article in EBioMedicine

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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.


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