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Diet and MS

There is much interest in the MS community about the possible impacts of diet and how it can assist with the day to day management of MS.  Although there is not yet any evidence to support a specific diet for MS, we recognise the importance of good nutrition for overall health and wellbeing.

Good nutrition is important for everyone

Making positive changes to your diet and nutrition is good for anyone with MS.  Not only does it help prevent the development of other health issues that can further complicate your MS, it can also contribute to improved general health and the increased ability to cope with the unpredictable symptoms that MS can cause.

As a person with MS, the development of any vascular comorbidity such as heart disease, stroke, Type 2 diabetes and osteoporosis, can lead to an increased progression of MS.  For this reason, it is important to consider your nutrition choices, maintain a healthy body weight, and reduce the risk of heart disease, diabetes and other conditions.

Is there a diet to help with MS?

There are a number of well-known people living with MS, such as Matt Embry, Terry Wahls, and George Jelinik, who have developed widely publicised dietary recommendations for MS.  Whilst none of these specific diets have been clinically proven to benefit people with MS, there may be some people who experience improvements after making adjustments to their diet.

MS affects everyone differently and what works for one person may not work for another.  For dietary advice and guidance specific to your requirements it is best to speak with an accredited dietician or nutritionist.  MS Queensland can connect you with a consultant in your local area through our NeuroAssist InfoLine.

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