Saturday, February 22, 2014

Newly Diagnosed with MS? What should you do?

As you begin to learn how MS affects you personally, you will discover what strategies help you feel your best.  From day one, you can focus on staying healthy through diet and exercise.  Eating high-quality food, such as cold-water fish (e.g. salmon), fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, and whole grains, while avoiding highly processed foods will provide your body with quality nutrients.  Supplements, such as Vitamin D, can be helpful in combating MS.  Discuss all supplements and medications you take with your neurologist.

Exercise, which can reduce fatigue and help you maintain strength, does not need to be strenuous.  Moderate-intensity aerobic exercise in short sessions, such as five 3- or 4-minute bursts of exercise with 2-minute rest periods in between, can improve fatigue and health-related quality of life (Carter, 2014).  Exercising past the point of fatigue may actually prevent you from sticking with an exercise routine.  Working with a physical therapist who specializes in neurological disorders can be helpful.

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What to do when newly diagnosed with MS

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