Dietary fat and multiple sclerosis

Dr. Roy Swank, who has studied the relationship of dietary fat intake and multiple sclerosis progression for many years, and Dr. Aagot Grimsgaard of the Oregon Health Sciences University report that high animal fat intake may play a significant role in the development of multiple sclerosis. This 35-year study demonstrated that multiple sclerosis patients who took a low fat diet had slower progression of their symptoms as well as a much lower death rate from their disease than did those with a high fat diet. Oils had an inverse relationship on death and disability. That is, when oils were substituted for animal fats, there seemed to be some protective effect. The earlier the low fat diet is instituted the greater the benefit. (American Journal of Clinical Nutrition 48:1387-93, 1988) Copyright 1888 Phylis Austin

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