Multiple sclerosis symptoms unfazed by the amount of salt in one’s diet.
Eating a diet high in salt won’t worsen or speed up multiple sclerosis (MS) symptoms, concludes a study of MS patients with clinically isolated syndrome (CIS). That contradicts earlier studies by researchers from Argentina, Vermont and elsewhere who warned of a possible link between high sodium consumption and MS.
The latest study, “Sodium intake and multiple sclerosis activity and progression in BENEFIT,” appeared in the journal Annals of Neurology.
CIS is a first neurological episode caused by inflammation or loss of the myelin sheath protecting neurons. Doctors consider CIS a stage of MS, or may diagnose it later as a kind of MS as more evidence becomes available.
The Phase 3 BENEFIT (Betaferon/Betaseron in Newly Emerging Multiple Sclerosis for Initial Treatment; NCT00185211) trial enrolled 465 patients with CIS, of which 150, or 39 percent, converted to clinically definite MS over a five-year period.
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