What is Multiple Sclerosis? 

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Multiple Sclerosis is a neural disease that affects the central nervous system. In this disease, the immune system starts attacking myelin, a substance that insulates the nerve fibers running to and from the central nervous system. When this fatty substance that is protecting the nerve fibers is damaged, it becomes difficult for the brain to send messages to different organs. Absence of this substance even makes it impossible to communicate from one part of the brain to another.  

Scientists haven’t been yet able to figure out a cure or even preventive steps for this disease. In fact, the disease isn’t fully understood yet. However, there are common symptoms and early signs of MS of this disease that one should stay mindful of.  

  • Blurring of the vision 
  • Fatigue 
  • Difficulty in remembering things 
  • Difficulty in breathing  

Some factors affecting the risk of developing Multiple Sclerosis 

Although, as mentioned earlier,  MS disease isn’t fully understood yet. However, there are few factors that increase the chances of suffering from this neural disease.  

  • Age: Multiple Sclerosis is not dependent on a certain age group. However, a considerable amount of patients lie in the age group of 30-35.  
  • Gender: Although the link between gender and this disease is not understood yet, women are generally more susceptible to this disease.     
  • Genetics: Genetics play an important reason in the case of this disease. The link is not fully understood yet, but in the group of people that do suffer from this disease, most are women. Moreover, if someone has siblings suffering from this disease, this further raises their chances of suffering from this disease.  
  • Weather and Climate: Weather seems to be quite an important factor in increasing the chances of this disease. A higher temperature region is more likely to have patients of MS. On the contrary, cool or tropical areas have relatively lesser or negligible cases of MS patients.  
  • Other Diseases: As in the case of other factors, the direct link is not explored yet. But, people suffering from type 1 diabetes or thyroid disease, are more likely to develop MS.  

Eating Tips to decrease chances of Multiple Sclerosis 

What you eat has a direct effect on your health. So there are some preventive steps you can take to avoid suffering from Multiple Sclerosis. There are certain food items that increase your chances of falling prey to this disease. Following are some of the tips you need to follow, in order to minimize your chances of suffering from this neural disease.  

  1. Monitor intake of salt and sugar 

Processed food items are known for a number of harmful ingredients, especially excessive quantity of sugar in most. This is why, in order to avoid suffering from MS, one should avoid processed food. This allows monitoring of salt and sugar intake. This also prevents excessive consumption of either of the two, salt or sugar. Multiple Sclerosis is considered to be linked with the intake of salt and sugar. Therefore, avoiding processed and packaged food items, not only allows you to monitor the salt and sugar intake, but also keep an eye on the total intake.  

  1. Emulsifiers 

Emulsifiers are the prime ingredients of processed food items that need to have a creamier texture. This is a chemical that acts as an alternative to dairy products, which give creamier texture otherwise. Emulsifiers are considered to be linked with MS disease. Therefore, they should be avoided. You can check whether an item has this chemical or not by going through the ingredients’ list at the back of the packing.  

  1. Refined Carbohydrates 

Your blood sugar level is not controlled by your sugar intake alone. Your carbohydrates consumption also plays a dominant role in determining your overall sugar intake. Primary sources of refined carbohydrates are pastas, crackers etc. Keep an eye on your carbohydrate intake, in order to avoid facing signs of MS and many other diseases.   

What are Flare-ups? 

If you had been suffering from Multiple Sclerosis, but you felt fine for some weeks or months, and then suddenly you start noticing signs of MS again, then you are most likely facing flareups.  

Flareups are the result of inflammation in your nervous system, which damage the covers of the nerve cells, preventing the nerve cells from being able to communicate the messages to the body. The signs are similar to the early signs of MS disease. Contact your doctor when you start noticing the signs.