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Saturday, August 8, 2015

Could Salt Intake be an MS RIsk Factor?


Could Salt Intake be an MS RIsk Factor?

Most people know that eating too much salt is bad for your health, but a new study suggests that it could also increase the risk for multiple sclerosis (MS). The work appeared in the August 2015 issue of The FASEB Journalthe journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology. Researchers from the University of Vermont in Burlington found that mice who ingested too much sodium had more severe forms of experimentally-induced MS. While the effect seemed to depend on both genetics and gender, the findings could add salt to the other factors that have been proposed as contributors to the disease, such as environmental toxins and genes.
“We hope to provide a comprehensive understanding of how and why environmental factors interact with individuals’ unique genetic make up to influence autoimmune diseases such as MS,” remarked Dimitry N. Krementsov, Ph.D., one of the researchers, who is working in the Department of Medicine, Immunobiology Program at the University of Vermont.
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