Effect of low saturated fat diet in early and late cases of multiple sclerosis.

TitleEffect of low saturated fat diet in early and late cases of multiple sclerosis.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication1990
AuthorsSwank RL, Dugan BB
JournalLancet
Volume336
Issue8706
Pagination37-9
Date Published1990 Jul 7
ISSN0140-6736
KeywordsActivities of Daily Living, Adult, Cause of Death, Dietary Fats, Dietary Fats, Unsaturated, Evaluation Studies as Topic, Female, Humans, Longitudinal Studies, Male, Multiple Sclerosis, Neurologic Examination, Patient Compliance, Severity of Illness Index, Time Factors
Abstract

144 multiple sclerosis patients took a low-fat diet for 34 years. For each of three categories of neurological disability (minimum, moderate, severe) patients who adhered to the prescribed diet (less than or equal to 20 g fat/day) showed significantly less deterioration and much lower death rates than did those who consumed more fat than prescribed (greater than 20 g fat/day). The greatest benefit was seen in those with minimum disability at the start of the trial; in this group, when those who died from non-MS diseases were excluded from the analysis, 95% survived and remained physically active.

Alternate JournalLancet
PubMed ID1973220
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