Could a Mediterranean Diet Help Manage Multiple Sclerosis?


While there is no cure for Multiple Sclerosis (MS), managing symptoms and improving quality of life are crucial aspects of treatment. A recent study has explored the potential benefits of the Mediterranean diet for people living with MS. Researchers investigated the connection between following a Mediterranean diet and various health markers in people living with MS. The Mediterranean diet is known for its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains, legumes, fish, and healthy fats like olive oil.


Researchers looked at a group of people living with MS at a single point; they included 558 adults with MS between 18 and 64 years old. They used questionnaires to gather information about their age, gender weight, height, and body measurements, how much MS affected their daily activities, their overall well-being related to MS, how active they were physically, and if they had symptoms of depression, and finally how closely their diet followed a Mediterranean pattern.


The study found that higher adherence to the Mediterranean diet was associated with several positive outcomes for people living with MS, including lower likelihood of being overweight or obese, reduced disability, Improved overall quality of life, and lower risk of depression.

Why This Matters to You?

While more research is needed, these findings show that people living with MS can follow a healthy diet, which could affect their everyday activities. A Mediterranean diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and healthy fats may contribute to slower disease progression, better management of symptoms, and improved mental health.

If you have MS, discussing dietary changes with your doctor or a registered dietitian is recommended. A Mediterranean diet could be valuable to your MS management plan, potentially improving your overall well-being.