Effect of low saturated fat diet in early and late cases of multiple sclerosis.

Author(s): 

Swank RL, Dugan BB.

Year Published: 

1990

Journal: 

Lancet.

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Study Design: 

Abstract: 

144 multiple sclerosis patients took a low-fat diet for 34 years. For each of three categories of neurological disability (minimum, moderate, severe) patients who adhered to the prescribed diet (less than or equal to 20 g fat/day) showed significantly less deterioration and much lower death rates than did those who consumed more fat than prescribed (greater than 20 g fat/day). The greatest benefit was seen in those with minimum disability at the start of the trial; in this group, when those who died from non-MS diseases were excluded from the analysis, 95% survived and remained physically active.