A healthy diet and a composite healthy lifestyle are associated with lesser disability and symptom burden in multiple sclerosis (MS), according to recent large, cross-sectional survey. In 2015, participants in the North American Research Committee on MS (NARCOMS) Registry completed a dietary screener questionnaire that estimates intake of fruits, vegetables and legumes, whole grains, added sugars, and red/processed meats. Researchers constructed an overall diet quality score for each individual based on these food groups; higher scores denoted a healthier diet. They found:
- Of the 7,639 (68%) responders, 6,989 reported physician-diagnosed MS and provided dietary information.
- Participants with diet quality scores in the highest quintile had lower levels of disability and lower depression scores.
- Individuals reporting a composite healthy lifestyle had lower odds of reporting severe fatigue, depression, pain, or cognitive impairment.
Fitzgerald KC, Tyry T, Salter A, et al. Diet quality is associated with disability and symptom severity in multiple sclerosis. [Published online ahead of print December 6, 2017]. Neurology. doi:10.1212/WNL.0000000000004768.
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