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#MSCOVID19 Boris Johnson is obese

Obesity has taken centre stage after Boris Johnson admitted that his recent coronavirus scare may have been related to his obesity. He is now pledging to do something about it. His sudden interest in the UK’s obesity problem is getting a lot of ink space in both the tabloids & broadsheets and airtime on radio & TV. Andrew Marr even covered it this morning on his BBC talk show. Will...

Not COVID-19: obesity and MS

Are you sick and tired of hearing about COVID-19 and MS? How about something completely different; the destigmatization of obesity?  Finally, the medical community or at least a part of it are making amends for the half-century or more of treating obesity as a disorder of self-control. The joint internal consensus statement for ending the stigma of obesity is long overdue (see article and...

#MSCOVID19: Fighting diet dogma

I did a video consultation yesterday with a patient with MS who in the event of getting COVID-19 is at very high risk of severe COVID-19. This patient has type 2 diabetes with poor glucose control, is hypertensive and is also obese (BMI of 32). I asked what their GP had done to help them lose weight. The GP had recommended exercise and believe it or not hadn’t discussed diet with them.  The...

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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