Researchers at the University of Buffalo conducted a study to find out how a diet affects blood cholesterol in patients with multiple sclerosis.
Throughout the year, experts observed patients who were prescribed a diet with many fruits and vegetables. Of course, these people had fish and meat in their diets, but eggs and dairy products were excluded.
In addition to diet, patients participated in moderate physical activity, but their diet was first considered by physicians.
This lifestyle has helped to reduce body mass index (BMI) as well as lower cholesterol. Keep in mind that the study involved people who were diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Fatigue and lethargy in this disease are one of the most visible and frequent symptoms of the disease.
The authors of the work wanted to control how the new diet would affect participants ’well-being. It turned out that all patients had improved indicators and a feeling of tiredness began to bother them much less often.
Despite the prevalence of multiple sclerosis, treatment options for fatigue are limited. The drugs used to treat it are often accompanied by unwanted side effects, – explained the researchers.
As part of the study, doctors studied changes in BMI, calories, total cholesterol, high density lipoproteins (HDL), triglycerides, and low density lipoproteins (LDL, commonly known as "bad cholesterol"). Fatigue was measured on a scale of fatigue.
The experiment involved 18 patients. They were given a Waltz diet with many fruits and vegetables. Diet encourages the consumption of meat, vegetable protein, fish oil and B vitamins.
The diet helped lower cholesterol, whose normal levels play a key role in the muscles, stimulate glucose absorption and increase respiration in the cells, improve physical performance and muscle strength.
Our patients have become more active and respond better to therapy, – the researchers concluded.