2018 study: healthy diet & dx risk

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2018 study: healthy diet & dx risk

Post by jimmylegs » Sun May 12, 2019 12:49 pm

the balancing act:
  • A healthy dietary pattern associates with a lower risk of a first clinical diagnosis of central nervous system demyelination (2018)
    https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/abs/10 ... 8518793524

    Abstract
    Background:
    The evidence associating diet and risk of multiple sclerosis is inconclusive.

    Objective:
    We investigated associations between dietary patterns and risk of a first clinical diagnosis of central nervous system demyelination, a common precursor to multiple sclerosis.

    Methods:
    We used data from the 2003–2006 Ausimmune Study, a case–control study examining environmental risk factors for a first clinical diagnosis of central nervous system demyelination, with participants matched on age, sex and study region. Using data from a food frequency questionnaire, dietary patterns were identified using principal component analysis. Conditional logistic regression models (n = 698, 252 cases, 446 controls) were adjusted for history of infectious mononucleosis, serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D concentrations, smoking, race, education, body mass index and dietary misreporting.

    Results:
    We identified two major dietary patterns – healthy (high in poultry, fish, eggs, vegetables, legumes) and Western (high in meat, full-fat dairy; low in wholegrains, nuts, fresh fruit, low-fat dairy), explaining 9.3% and 7.5% of variability in diet, respectively. A one-standard deviation increase in the healthy pattern score was associated with a 25% reduced risk of a first clinical diagnosis of central nervous system demyelination (adjusted odds ratio 0.75; 95% confidence interval 0.60, 0.94; p = 0.011). There was no statistically significant association between the Western dietary pattern and risk of a first clinical diagnosis of central nervous system demyelination.

    Conclusion:
    Following healthy eating guidelines may be beneficial for those at high risk of multiple sclerosis.
don't wait for dx to start taking good care of yourself!
take control of your own health
pursue optimal self care at least as actively as a diagnosis
ask for referrals to preventive health care specialists eg dietitians
don't let suboptimal self care muddy any underlying diagnostic picture!

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