Consuming a healthy diet with fruits, vegetables and whole grain daily will reduce the risk of multiple sclerosis (MS), claimed a recent study., which was conducted on 6,989 people with various types of the demyelinating disease.
Multiple sclerosis is a potentially disabling disease of the brain and spinal cord. In MS, the immune system eats away all the protective layers of nerves making it difficult for your brain to communicate with the rest of the body. Some of the major symptoms of the disease are: vision loss, pain, fatigue and imbalanced.
The study by the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore revealed that people who consumed a healthy diet daily are 20% less likely to suffer physical disability, 50% less likely to have of depression, 30% less likely to develop severe muscle fatigue and 40% less likely to have pain.
The parameters of a healthy lifestyle are proper weight, regular physical activities, nutritious diet consisting of fruits, vegetables, legumes, grain and less sugary desserts. Eating more of sugary beverages, red meat and processed meat is considered harmful and can deteriorate one's health drastically.
"People with MS often ask if there is anything they can do to delay or avoid disability, and many people want to know if their diet can play a role," said Kathryn C. Fitzgerald, from the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore.
"While this study does not determine whether a healthy lifestyle reduces MS symptoms or whether having severe symptoms makes it harder for people to engage in a healthy lifestyle, it provides evidence for the between the two," she added.
Before concluding, the researchers adjusted for factors that could also affect disability such as ageing and duration of MS. However, the results remain same.
With inputs from IANS