I was recently diagnosed with MS. Is there a special diet I should follow?

There is no evidence that a specific diet can prevent, treat or cure multiple sclerosis (MS). Some special diets can actually be harmful because they contain too much of certain vitamins or not enough of others.

Overall, people with MS need a balanced, low-fat and high-fiber diet. This is the same diet that the general population is advised to follow. Also consider avoiding alcohol as much as possible.

It's important for people with MS to make healthy food choices:

  • Not getting enough vitamins and minerals can worsen MS symptoms.
  • Skipping meals may contribute to low energy levels.
  • Some MS symptoms such as depression and MS treatments such as steroids can cause weight gain.
  • Weight gain can lead to more health concerns, such as joint stress and cardiac and respiratory problems.
  • Alcohol can intensify feelings of fatigue, a common symptom of MS.

Make sure you talk to your doctor before making significant changes to your diet.

Nov. 14, 2013 See more Expert Answers