Can Lifestyle Choices Affect MS Severity?

Marta Ribeiro avatar

by Marta Ribeiro |

Share this article:

Share article via email


Studies have found that lifestyle choices may have a significant impact on the progression of multiple sclerosis. Stress, lack of exercise, poor diet, and smoking were associated with higher disability, whereas MS patients who ate a healthy diet, didn’t smoke, and exercised regularly reported fewer disabilities.

Read about eight lesser-known symptoms of multiple sclerosis here.

The research followed almost 4,000 MS patients worldwide who were recruited through internet forums and on Facebook. Their responses allowed the research team to analyze a wide array of data covering many different lifestyle aspects.

The study is considered the first of its kind to measure the effects of lifestyle choices on MS disabilities. The team, from the University of Melbourne, plan to survey the participants every couple of years.

Read more about the study here.

Multiple Sclerosis News Today is strictly a news and information website about the disease. It does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. This content is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your physician or another qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay in seeking it because of something you have read on this website.

Dancing Doodle

Did you know some of the news and columns on Multiple Sclerosis News Today are recorded and available for listening on SoundCloud? These audio news stories give our readers an alternative option for accessing information important for them.

Listen Here