When the National Multiple Sclerosis Society announced last week that it wasfunding a study on nutrition and MS fatigue, many in the multiple sclerosis world were excited. When those people found out the research was to be conducted by controversial MS figure Terry Wahls, MD, enthusiasm waned for some — but the Society is holding the researchers to very high standards.
I look forward to the results in about four years’ time.
The study proposes to compare subjects’ standard diet with either the Wahls Protocol (a modified Paleolithic diet) or the Swank MS Diet (a low-saturated-fat diet) as it relates to MS fatigue. Proponents of both diets have made claims of results that go beyond MS-related fatigue, but this study will only be looking at fatigue.
The study will take place at the University of Iowa in Iowa City. If you live within 500 miles of Iowa City and would like to be considered for this study, click this link and use this access code to open the screening survey: JMJPYEJHP.
Other Dietary Research in the Works
As much of the information on MS and diet is anecdotal, it’s important to know that the Dietary Approaches to Treat Multiple Sclerosis-Related Fatigue study isn’t the only dietary research underway.
You may remember a post I wrote a couple of months ago about research on intermittent fasting and MS being conducted at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles. Well, Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore is also conducting a study into the effects of calorie restriction and MS.
Another study being conducted by the University of Miami in Coral Gables, Florida, (and currently recruiting patients) plans to look at the effects of a dietary supplement called caprylic triglyceride (currently used by some Alzheimer’s patients) on cognitive function in MS.
And another study specific to food and MS that’s also currently recruiting is taking place at Yale University in New Haven, Connecticut, and will look at the intake of dietary salt and immune function in MS.
There is much to be learned about diet and MS. It’s good to know that funding is going toward looking at how the foods we eat (or don’t eat) might help us to better manage the wellness side of living with MS, as well as elements of the disease itself.
What We Know: A Healthy Diet Helps
Even if this research will take years to find answers, we all know that a healthy diet is important for people with MS.
Have you modified your eating habits to try to cope with MS? Leave a comment describing your experiences.
Wishing you and your family the best of health.