An exploratory study of diet in childhood and young adulthood and adult-onset multiple sclerosis

Lucinda J. Black, Sarah Hetherton, Michaela Forkan, Edlin G. Gonzales, Jessica B. Smith, Alison Daly, Robyn M. Lucas, Annette Langer-Gould

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Abstract

There is little evidence on the role of diet in childhood/adolescence and multiple sclerosis (MS) in adulthood. The MS Sunshine Study recruited adults with recent-onset MS (n = 602) and matched controls (n = 653). Of these, 84% provided dietary recall for specific ages between childhood and young adulthood (6–10, 11–15 and 16–20 years). We used logistic regression to test associations between age-specific diet and case-control status. Consumption of fruit (all ages), yoghurt (all ages) and legumes (11–15 years) was associated with lower probability of adult-onset MS (all p < 0.05). These results suggest that healthy dietary habits between childhood and young adulthood may reduce MS risk.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMultiple Sclerosis Journal
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Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 19 Jan 2021

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