Obesity Linked to Multiple Sclerosis?

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A team of researchers at the Tel Aviv University report the role of obesity as a major risk factor triggering and maintaining autoimmune diseases, such as Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis. The study was published in Autoimmunity Reviews.

In autoimmune diseases, the immune system reacts against the body — a condition that is estimated to affect 5 to 20% of the global population. Obesity, the authors report, is a condition that disrupts the body homeostasis leading to a hyper-reactive state that determines the onset of autoimmune diseases and, by generating a pro-inflammatory state, it supports its further development.

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2 comments

  1. Sheila Wons says:

    Regarding “Obesity linked to MS.” I didn’t read any statistics about the percentages of possible MS linked to obesity. When I was diagnosed I wasn’t overweight at all. In fact, I was considered to be underweight by physicians. I wasn’t oversweight until approximately 30 years after I was diagnosed.

  2. Jamie says:

    You are not a scientist how can you know this? I was diagnosed with ms when I was underweight and my best friend was diagnosed with chrons disease when she was very fit. You are a communications major, there are many people that will believe this

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