Staying Well With Multiple Sclerosis (MS)
Why is staying well with multiple sclerosis (MS) so important?
Staying healthy is important for everyone, but persons with multiple sclerosis (MS) have to pay extra attention to their health. Multiple sclerosis symptoms, and sometimes the medications used to treat the disease can have an impact on a person's mobility, energy level, eating habits, and feelings, thereby compromising a person's overall well-being.
Although a cure for multiple sclerosis does not yet exist, by coping with multiple sclerosis and its symptoms, those affected with the condition can still try to stay well.
How can diet and exercise help me stay well with multiple sclerosis (MS)?
Multiple sclerosis affects people differently, and how it affects an individual cannot be predicted. However, improvement of the aspects of health that we have some control over often improves quality of life.
Physical fitness and diet are two aspects of our lives over which we have some control. Studies have shown that for people with multiple sclerosis, regular aerobic exercise (exercise that raises the pulse and respiration rate) and a healthy diet have many benefits, including the following:
- Increased or at least maintained muscle strength
- Decreased fatigue (tiredness)
- Increased energy levels
- Increased endurance
- Increased bladder and bowel control
- Reduced feelings of depression
- Protected bone mass
A doctor or health-care professional may refer a person with multiple sclerosis to a nutritionist or physical therapist to help determine an appropriate diet and exercise plan for that person.
Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/5/2016
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