New Study Shows No Link Between Mineral Intake and MS Risk…Eating Healthy Still Important to Managing MS
April 4, 2019
Harvard epidemiologists found no link between mineral intake (specifically, zinc, iron, potassium, magnesium, calcium, phosphorus, manganese and copper) and the development of MS. The team assessed mineral intake using a questionnaire administered to more than 175,000 women enrolled in the Nurses’ Health Studies I & II, which followed participants for up to 20 years. During the study, 479 of the women developed MS. The researchers looked at whether levels of dietary or supplementary mineral consumption were tied to higher or lower levels of MS risk by comparing those who developed MS and those who did not. The study was supported by the National MS Society and the National Institutes of Health.
While this study does not support the idea that mineral intake influences a person’s chance of getting MS, it also does not imply that diet has no bearing on a person’s experience living with MS. Maintenance of general good health is very important for people with any chronic disorder: what and how you eat can make a difference in your energy level, bladder and bowel function, and overall health. Learn more about how eating healthy can help you to take charge.
Read a press release from the American Academy of Neurology
Read the study abstract in Neurology
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.