A new paper published in PLOS One offers essential information to patients suffering from progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). According to the researchers, a healthy diet, including fruits, vegetables, and fats, but low in carbohydrates, can help these patients reduce their feeling of fatigue.
The experts involved in the research discovered that fats are associated with fatigue in patients with progressive MS. According to older research, this diet can also improve balance and the overall quality of life. During the study, researchers found that the change in diet also caused improvements to BMI after a year.
Researchers observed 18 patients with progressive MS. Out of these, 16 of them were suffering from secondary progressive MS and the remaining two suffer from primary progressive MS. All of the participants were instructed to eat a lot of greens and vegetables.
Along with the diet, participants also followed a home exercise plan meant to trunk and leg muscles. They used a journal to record their progress.
The researchers discovered that BMI changes were not linked with fatigue level.
The authors of the paper attempted to explain the process. According to them, the results of their study suggest that lipid profile biomarkers can lead to MS fatigue.
“The results from this pilot study of the diet-based multimodal intervention are consistent with the possibility that lipid profile biomarkers, particularly [total cholesterol] and [high-density lipoprotein cholesterol], may contribute to improvement in MS fatigue,” the authors wrote. “Our results require confirmation given the limitations of the current pilot study design, which include the small sample size, lack of control group and randomization. However, if confirmed in larger studies, lipid monitoring may become useful for guiding fatigue treatment decisions.”
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