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Obesity can increase the risk of multiple sclerosis by around forty percent
Obesity has long been associated with many diseases and negative effects on our health. Researchers have now found that being overweight in early adulthood significantly increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS). It gets even worse with obesity.
If people are overweight in early adulthood, this can increase their risk of developing multiple sclerosis, scientists now found in an investigation. The doctors from the Jewish General Hospital in Canada published the results of their study in the journal "PLOS Medicine".
What causes multiple sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is sometimes referred to as disseminate encephalomyelitis (ED). The chronic inflammatory disease attacks the so-called marrow sheaths in our central nervous system. In addition to epilepsy, the disease is one of the most common neurological diseases in young adults, the experts say. The progressive neurological disease damages the spinal cord and the brain and can even lead to disability and death.
Make sure you have a healthy BMI to avoid multiple sclerosis
Being overweight increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis, the scientists from the Jewish General Hospital explain. An increase in the so-called body mass index (BMI) from obesity to obesity could even be linked to an increased risk of multiple sclerosis of around forty percent, the doctors warn.
Public health should respond to the study results
The results of the study are important for public health. A high prevalence of obesity can be observed in many countries, explains author Brent Richards from the Jewish General Hospital. Earlier studies had shown that more and more people worldwide are overweight and obese. Obesity in early life is associated with a clearly increased risk of multiple sclerosis. This is another plausible reason to further expand obesity prevention, the expert adds.
Medical professionals are calling for more exercise in schools to fight obesity and obesity
The mean age of the patients at the time of diagnosis of multiple sclerosis was between 28 and 31 years. The community should be motivated to fight obesity, for example, by increasing physical activity and other school interventions, the Canadian scientists say. Physicians have previously called for a lot more exercise for children to prevent obesity. A healthy diet must also be promoted to reduce obesity and obesity in youth. The authors add that the risk of later multiple sclerosis can be significantly reduced. (As)