Bad Lipids Responsible For Increasing Disability In MS

Decreasing Cholesterol Can Help With MS

According to a researcher, Dr. van der Mei, bad fats, or otherwise known as a high lipid count is responsible for the progression of Multiple Sclerosis and linked to disability with this disease. The research study was based on blood samples from 141 people with RRMS.  The study found that fats in the blood may influence ongoing degenerations of brain tissue which drives the disease progressive phase.

Diabetes, high blood pressure, and heart disease are just a few things that come from eating high fat and cholesterol type meals but also consider that MS is an auto-immune disease which our gut is where 70% of where our immune system is absorbed.  A well balanced diet with protein, fresh fruits and vegetables are important to receive the nutrients we need to help boost our immune system.  Being from the South though, I can say that we have been raised in taking the meats and serving them fried and drowning in a gravy and the wonderful vegetables are either soaking in some type of fat for seasoning purposes or have been fried. Of course we also value our desserts after meals as well, so it is too easy to eat good “ole” southern food which is high in calorie and fat count just at one serving. The news reported the other day that the southern states have the “unhealthiest and most obese” people in our nation; again not surprising.

Cholesterol indicates the amount of built up fat in your arteries. Many people who have a high cholesterol level also have high blood pressure, so it is not unusual to see medications for both given at the same time. Another study has shown that cholesterol medications have been proven effective in reducing progression of Multiple Sclerosis.  This study’s findings encourage physicians to take a more active role in performing blood tests, such a cholesterol level, to check how you are doing in this area, and encouraging them to checking this level on patients with MS on regular bases.

Our nation is trying to become more health conscious as weight loss and exercise programs have more than tripled on advertising on the television. I have seen more of an increased push on buying organic foods, although some have said that any type of fresh provides the same results without the added cost. Whichever way you choose to go, the cooking method is where the important decision needs to be made.  Exercise is just as important as eating healthy though, and should be a part of your routine.  Often times, eating a healthy diet will help bring down high blood pressure and cholesterol, even help reduce sugar levels in your blood, but when you add in exercise to this practice, you lower your need for medications in treatment of all these other diseases. I can tell you honestly that my lab work was bad; I had high blood pressure, high cholesterol level, and was told I had Type 2 Diabetes. I changed my diet, added exercise and it didn’t take long to not only lose 100 pounds, but I got to wean off all the extra medications that I was on for treatment of those added problems. Honestly, it has made such a difference with the way I feel with my MS as well. It is nice to know I am not a walking heart attack waiting to happen.

I encourage you to make the changes in your life to help not only the MS but improve the way you feel all the way around. It does make a difference because I am living proof. Don’t be surprised though of cholesterol medications are given to help treat MS even though your level is within normal limits. It has been show to help reduce symptoms, and that could be a good thing.

MS Blogger and Multiple Sclerosis Activist shares her journey living with MS, tips for others living MS and her husband, Steve, offers his insight as a caregiver for MS.