Since being diagnosed in 1980, I’ve used four disease-modifying therapies (DMTs), starting with Avonex (interferon beta-1a) in the late 1990s. I haven’t had a true flare since shortly after my Avonex treatment began. My disease has progressed, but who knows how much more quickly it would have done that had I not been using a DMT. I wish one had been available during the first 15 years of my life with MS.
Long-term use of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) in people with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis (RRMS) has a beneficial cumulative effect compared to shorter treatments, delaying the development of irreversible disability and conversion to secondary progressive MS (SPMS), a recent study shows.
The study, “Cumulative effects of therapies on disability in relapsing multiple sclerosis,” was published in the Multiple Sclerosis Journal.
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Many people believe that changing their diet helps them treat their MS. There are several MS-specific diet programs, though the Mayo Clinic’s website says there is no evidence that any one of them can prevent or treat MS. But according to this study, maybe simply watching your weight can help. (Doesn’t it help improve health in general?)
Obesity and a higher body mass index (BMI) are associated with both increased multiple sclerosis (MS) risk and harmful autoimmune activity that is induced by leptin, a hormone secreted by fat cells, a study finds.
These results indicate that leptin, which helps regulate body weight, may act as a functional link between obesity and MS.
The study, “Obesity and the risk of Multiple Sclerosis. The role of Leptin,” was published in the Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology.
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