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MS has 'numerous triggers'

MS has 'numerous triggers'
13th November 2009

A new study has revealed that teenage women who are obese could be over twice as likely to develop multiple sclerosis (MS) as adults compared to those who are not extremely overweight.

The research, released by the American Academy of Neurology journal, studied 238,371 women from the Nurses' Health Study and Nurses' Health Study II who were between 25 to 55 years old to come to its conclusion.

However, Dave Farham, the service user manager for the MS Research and Relief Fund, explained that it is widely understood that the cause of MS is down to a large number of factors and that it is "too simplistic" to assume that adolescent obesity is a primary trigger.

He continued: "A 40-year long study claims that adolescents who were obese had or have a far greater chance of developing MS in later years in comparison with slimmer females.

"Another study claims that women taking vitamin D when pregnant will greatly reduce the chance of the child developing MS."

The MS Research and Relief Fund was established in 1964 and provides support to people from its base in Morpeth, Northumberland.

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