Interesting study at University of Buffalo on childhood obesity and demylinating disorders.http://www.buffalo.edu/news/12559
Although obesity has been linked to heart disease and diabetes, among other illnesses, little is known about its relationship to inflammatory demyelinating disorders.
"Increasing rates of childhood obesity have been reported widely in the media and in medical journals," says Yeh, "but no information is available on the relationship between obesity and childhood-onset demyelinating disorders."
Subjects in the current study were patients of UB's Pediatric MS and Demyelinating Disorders Center of Excellence at Women and Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Data were collected prospectively between January 2003 and October 2010 in patients under the age of 18.
Results showed that rates of overweight and obese children were greater in the demyelinating groups than in the control group, and that boys in the demyelinating groups were twice as likely as girls to have a BMI in the 95th percentile or greater.
"These findings underscore the need for attention to the nutritional and physical needs of children with these disorders," states Yeh. "Comprehensive programs oriented toward the prevention of obesity in all children are needed, but we also need further studies to help define the relationship between obesity and risk for demyelinating disorders."
I agree that since I have lost some weight I am feeling better overall as well. I believe the reason for the appeal of the Swank diet and others like it(i.e. the articulate Dr. Embry's diet) for us (PWMS) is that they give us a feeling of control in dealing with this disease. I am certainly not saying that eating healthy and exercise are not important to feeling better for PWMS, just that in all likelihood they do not slow down disease progression/ relapse rate like Swank and Embry want us to believe. As people that have followed MS research for awhile know the "new" ideas that catch on are the one's that give us a feeling of control and seem to be an "easy fix" (diet, supplements,liberation,etc.) I have pretty much accepted that finding a cure for MS is still going to be a long and grueling road for researchers and at this point I know that there is not a whole hell of a lot I can do to slow the progression of MS although I do feel pretty hopeful after reading some of the results of the Campath trials(and other treatments in the pipeline) that MAYBE some of us can hope, in our lifetime, to stop this disease in a tracks. Whether I will be fortunate enough to experience th in my lifetime is something I hope for but do not count on so I will try to continue to adapt, accept and smile. Wonder if I can market those things???? Oh by the way the band I referenced above is the Suicidal Tendencies for those of you waiting on the edge of your seats for my follow-up.