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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Low-fat diet good for multiple sclerosis patients

Low-fat diet good for multiple sclerosis patients
Low-fat diet good for multiple sclerosis patients (Thinkstock Photos/ Getty Images)
Following a plant-based low fat diet may help people who suffer from fatigue associated with multiple sclerosis (MS), research says.

"This study showed the low-fat diet might offer some promising help with the fatigue that often comes with MS," said Dennis Bourdette, chair of department of neurology, Oregon Health & Science University.

MS is an inflammatory disease in which the insulating covers of nerve cells in the brain and spinal cord are damaged, disrupting the ability of parts of the nervous system to communicate, resulting in physical, mental and sometimes psychiatric problems.

The study investigated the effects of following a diet called the McDougall Diet, devised by John McDougall.

The diet is partly based on an MS-fighting diet developed in the 1940s and 1950s by the late Roy Swank, a former head of the division of neurology at OHSU.

The McDougall diet, very low in saturated fat, focuses on eating starches, fruits and vegetables and does not include meat, fish or dairy products.

The study, which began in 2008, looked at the diet's effect on the most common form of MS, called relapsing-remitting MS.

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1 comment:

Laurie said...

8 months ago I watched a one-hour video of Dr. McDougall speaking about how his diet helps MS. He went so far as to say after a year on his diet, the symptoms should be gone. I have followed the diet faithfully for 8 months. Overall, my symptoms are about the same. This article says participants in the study lost a significant weight on the diet. Two of my friends are on the diet. One has lost 60+ pounds, the other 30+ pounds. I have not lost any weight at all. I should point out that I was already a vegan before starting the diet.