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.
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.
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