Nutrition in multiple sclerosis

Habek, Mario and Hojsak, Iva and Brinar, Vesna V. (2010) Nutrition in multiple sclerosis. Clinical Neurology and Neurosurgery, [Epub . ISSN 0303-8467

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Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic idiopathic inflammatory demyelinating disease that causes neurological disability in young adults. Etiology of the disease is still unknown, but it has an immune-mediated basis and occurs in genetically susceptible individuals. Nutritional status and dietary habits in MS patients have not been extensively studied or reported, however individual findings suggest that many patients suffer from various forms of malnutrition. In patients with MS, malnutrition has been associated with impairment of the immune system; it affects mental function, respiratory muscle strength and increases a risk of specific nutrient deficiencies. These findings emphasize the need for nutritional support in MS patients. On the other hand, several nutritional compounds have been investigated as a possible treatment in MS, mostly polyunsaturated fatty acids and vitamin D, however their role in the treatment is yet to be confirmed. The aim of this review is to present data on the role of nutritional assessment and treatment in patients with MS.

Item Type: Article
Departments: Katedra za neurologiju
Depositing User: Marijan Šember
Status: Published
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Habek, MarioUNSPECIFIED
Hojsak, IvaUNSPECIFIED
Brinar, Vesna V.UNSPECIFIED
Date: 3 May 2010
Date Deposited: 02 Jul 2010
Last Modified: 23 Sep 2011 16:11
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    URI: http://medlib.mef.hr/id/eprint/814

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