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MS Patients Willing to Change Diet, Survey Found

Obesity, as well as the composition of bacteria in the gut, might contribute to the progression of multiple sclerosis. According to a new survey, patients would be willing to change their diet if it would help their multiple sclerosis.

Obesity, along with the composition of the microbiome in the gut, have been suggested as being elements that may contribute to the risk of Multiple sclerosis (MS). In a study presented at the ACTRIMS Forum in New Orleans, LA, University of Virginia researchers J. Nicholas Brenton and colleagues found that MS patients surveyed said overwhelmingly that they would be willing to modify their diet in an attempt to improve or treat their illness.

“Our data demonstrate the feasibility of patient recruitment for future studies assessing therapeutic intervention by way of diet modification for MS”, the team concluded in an abstract presented at the meeting Feb. 19. The study involved a survey mailed to 604 MS patients at the University of Virginia’s MS clinic. Of those who received it, 199 subjects returned the survey, of whom 70% were women with a mean disease duration of 12 years .

Most (71.4%) had relapsing-remitting, MS. The respondents had generally not tried to change their diets as therapy; only 17% said they had done so.

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