While several studies have shown that many people with MS are overweight, the impacts on the disease of having a high body mass index are not well studied in MS.
Australian researchers have looked at a large number of questionnaires from people with MS, where they found obesity was related to lower quality of life and higher disability.
Obese people with MS or those who were smokers had a higher chance of having other diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure. While these findings do not show any cause or effect relations with MS, a healthier life style that can keep your weight stable, will have beneficial effects and may slow the progression of disability.
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