Multiple sclerosis

Glob Adv Health Med. 2013 Jan;2(1):50-6. doi: 10.7453/gahmj.2013.2.1.009.

Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic progressive demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Common manifestations include paresthesias, diplopia, loss of vision, numbness or weakness of the limbs, bowel or bladder dysfunction, spasticity, ataxia, fatigue, and mental changes. Four main patterns of MS are recognized: relapsing remitting, primary progressive, secondary progressive, and progressive relapsing. The cause of MS is unknown, although it appears to be an autoimmune disease. Much of what is known about MS has been learned from an animal model of the disease, experimental allergic encephalomyelitis.

Keywords: Multiple sclerosis; auto-immune disease; fatty acids; folic acid; low-fat diet; vitamin B12; vitamin B3; vitamin D.

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  • Review