Obesity is an emerging risk factor for multiple sclerosis.
Individuals who are obese in early adulthood face a heightened risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS), according to recent research published in PLOS Medicine.
This result provides further confirmation of previous observational studies that had suggested the existence of such a link.
MS is a progressive neurological disorder which can lead to disability and death, involving damage to the myelin which surrounds nerves in the spinal cord and brain. Causes of the disease are poorly understood, although immune-mediated mechanisms are likely.
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