The war on sugar (more posts below today)

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer ★★★  Just back from the NMSS ‘Pathways to Cures’ meeting in Washington DC during which we pledged to  STOP, RESTORE and END multiple sclerosis.  The END refers to prevention. We discussed at the meeting modifiable risk factors that could be tackled to reduce the incidence (new cases) of MS and one risk factor childhood and adolescent obesity. One...

How much do you weigh?

Barts-MS rose-tinted-odometer  ★ When last have you weighed yourself and calculated your BMI (body mass index)?  BMI = body mass (kg) / the square of the body height (m) [kg/m2]; to save you time and effort you can simply use the NHS BMI calculator, which takes imperial measurements as well.  I am not sure if you are aware that childhood and adolescent obesity is an important risk...

MS susceptibility is it puberty, or is it something else?

The risk of developing MS reportedly increases with early puberty, particularly in women. This leads to interesting hypotheses around the effect of hormones on the maturation of the immune system. But what if there was another equally plausible reason for this finding? For instance, having more body fat at childhood leads to earlier puberty, which in turn is also associated with an increased risk...

How big is your need to exercise?

The evidence that exercise and I mean regular exercise is good for you is so overwhelming that it is hard to argue against the science. What I mean by this is that almost everyone accepts exercise as being good for the general population and for people with MS. The downside is that some MSers are so disabled and/or have so much fatigue that they find it difficult to exercise. I am prepared...



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