Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
Resources
About MyMSTeam

Connect with others who understand.

sign up log in
Resources
About MyMSTeam
MULTIPLE SCLEROSIS
NEWS

Meatless Diet May Be Linked to Slower MS Progression

Posted on September 02, 2021
Medically reviewed by
Amit M. Shelat, D.O.
Article written by
Torrey Kim

  • In a recent cohort study, researchers analyzed whether meat consumption impacted disability progression in people with multiple sclerosis (MS).
  • The authors reviewed the outcomes of 1,346 participants who participated in the Health Outcomes and Lifestyle In a Sample of People With MS (HOLISM) international cohort over a 2.5-year period.
  • Researchers concluded that diet quality and reduced meat consumption were linked to reduced progression of disability in individuals who had MS.

Results from a new study could help people with multiple sclerosis evaluate what types of foods they should consume. A report published on Aug. 14 in the European Journal of Neurology focused on whether the consumption of meat was associated with self-assessed disability progression, fatigue levels, or risk of depression in people with MS. The HOLISM cohort study, which followed participants for 2.5 years, included an international population.

The authors analyzed questionnaires completed by 1,346 people with MS over the course of the study period. As they were completing the surveys, participants also revealed whether they’d had any symptoms related to recent MS relapses, and outcomes were adjusted accordingly. The participants completed a Diet Habits Questionnaire, and researchers calculated their Patient-Determined MS Severity Scores to assess their disability levels, used the Fatigue Severity Scale to evaluate their fatigue levels, and administered the Patient Health Questionnaire-2 to assess their depression risk.

Researchers found that meat consumption at baseline was related to a 76 percent increased risk in progessive disability. The study authors noted that “better quality of the diet, as well as not consuming meat, were associated with reduced disability progression in people with MS.” They added that additional studies confirming these results could better allow health care providers to manage the progression of disability via dietary changes in individuals who have MS.

Read more about healthy eating and MS.

All updates must be accompanied by text or a picture.
Amit M. Shelat, D.O. is a fellow of the American Academy of Neurology and the American College of Physicians. Review provided by VeriMed Healthcare Network. Learn more about him here.
Torrey Kim is a freelance writer with MyHealthTeam. Learn more about her here.

Related articles

Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) can complicate decisions about what supplements and...

Using Vitamins and Supplements Safely With MS: What To Avoid

Being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) can complicate decisions about what supplements and...
Red wine is sometimes called a “superfood” because of its antioxidants — substances that help...

Red Wine and MS: Potential Benefits and Risks

Red wine is sometimes called a “superfood” because of its antioxidants — substances that help...
Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are sensitive to heat. In fact, even a quarter- or...

Cooling Vests for MS: Benefits, Uses, and More

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are sensitive to heat. In fact, even a quarter- or...
Multiple sclerosis (MS) can be a costly disease to treat. Prescription drugs, disease-modifying...

Insurance and Financial Resources for People With MS

Multiple sclerosis (MS) can be a costly disease to treat. Prescription drugs, disease-modifying...
Some people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) may need to undergo a hysterectomy. During this...

Does MS Get Better or Worse After Hysterectomy?

Some people living with multiple sclerosis (MS) may need to undergo a hysterectomy. During this...
Raising awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS) helps contribute to the well-being, support, and...

MS Symbols: Ribbons, Butterflies, and Why Awareness Matters

Raising awareness of multiple sclerosis (MS) helps contribute to the well-being, support, and...

Recent articles

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) switch treatments over time.Before switching MS...

5 Things To Know When Switching MS Treatments

Many people with multiple sclerosis (MS) switch treatments over time.Before switching MS...
As many as 95 percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience fatigue. Measuring...

How Is MS Fatigue Measured?

As many as 95 percent of people with multiple sclerosis (MS) experience fatigue. Measuring...
Cognitive symptoms such as impaired attention and memory occur in many people with multiple...

Strategies for Enhancing Cognitive Abilities With Multiple Sclerosis

Cognitive symptoms such as impaired attention and memory occur in many people with multiple...
Doctors measure the effectiveness of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) in multiple sclerosis...

MS Treatment: How Is Effectiveness Measured?

Doctors measure the effectiveness of disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) in multiple sclerosis...
Switching disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) is common among people who are treating relapsing...

Switching MS Treatments: When and Why It Might Be Time To Switch

Switching disease-modifying therapies (DMTs) is common among people who are treating relapsing...
Highly effective (HE) disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) can help slow the progression of...

What Is Highly Effective Treatment for MS?

Highly effective (HE) disease-modifying treatments (DMTs) can help slow the progression of...
MS News
MS News

Thank you for subscribing!

Become a member to get even more:

sign up for free

close