Bring up the topic of complementary and alternative treatments for multiple sclerosis and you just might start a controversy. However, what’s so controversial about maintaining a low-fat diet? Sounds like a good dietary recommendation to me.
One approach to managing MS is through the use of diet, in addition to, or in place of traditional treatments. So why aren’t we all on a strict regimen and measuring our dietary intake against a widely publicized recommendation?
A simple reason may be that there is more than one “MS Diet.” Another reason may be that there is little clinical research into the the impact of diet on MS progression and symptoms. But soon that will change.
Researchers at Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) are launching a first-of-its-kind research study aimed at determining whether a low fat diet is beneficial to patients with multiple sclerosis. In addition to tracking each patient's MS symptoms and examinations by a neurologist, researchers will try to determine the physical impacts of a low fat diet on the brain through the use of MRI.
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MS and Diet: Should you eat low-fat to treat your MS?