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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