What’s a “healthy diet” when it comes to MS?

What’s a “healthy diet” when it comes to MS?


– Do you think that disability
correlates with obesity? – So we didn’t have the data
to look at that in our study. Certainly in other
studies, people have shown that frailty and one part of being frail is being underweight, appears
to correlate with disability. But that’s really much
later in peoples MS course. What people haven’t looked
at in a lot of detail is weight and disability
relatively early in MS, so either before MS is diagnosed, or in the first few years after diagnosis. People really looked at it much later on. – How do you think diet will
effect MS on the long-term? – That’s a huge question! (laughs) That’s a really huge question. I don’t think there’s one simple answer. I think that in terms of
diet, having a healthy diet, and by a healthy diet that
doesn’t necessarily mean you have to eat meat,
it can be vegetarian, even vegan with a good varied diet is really important, and
we know that that’s really important for your general health. And actually when you have MS your general health is really,
really important as well. So I think diet is very, very important in promoting general health
and general brain health. And, what I think is
not healthy sometimes, is when people go take
very restrictive diets or diets that have a very, very high in very one particular thing. And that’s general advice
its not specific to MS, but I think it’s something that people really do need to be aware of. – Since MS is an inflammatory
disease, and do you think an anti-inflammatory
diet would be beneficial? Because that could have a relative high impact on the disease. – That certainly has a lot of interest in. There aren’t any studies that either show or don’t show that. It’s the kind of thing that’s
really, really hard to study. So when we look at big diet studies, even in things that are
much more common than MS, so things like heart disease. Actually the diet studies
are very, very difficult because people find it very
difficult to stick to diets, because often the effects
can be quite small. So I think teasing that
out is very, very hard. And I don’t really have
the answer to that one. – So I’ve just been
talking to Dr. Ruth Dobson. Now she had very interesting
ideas about diet, and she explained that it’s very difficult to find a way which really helps, which we can verify, because most diets are linked to observational studies. That means you can’t
really watch over a person. Then second thing is that,
which is very interesting, is that obesity is not
directly linked to MS. Most individuals may
have been normal weight, and after the diagnosis they often return to even an underweight status, which can be caused by
different factors such as muscle loss or just a more healthy diet. Nobody knows it. But, that’s a different story. (laughs) So what I would like to know, what do you think about this? Were you a bit overweight
when you had your diagnosis? Or were you underweight? Well, just talk about it! We would like to hear about it! So just, like, subscribe, and share!