Lower income families may not have the resources for a healthy diet.
One recent study looked at male veterans with MS. This subgroup has previously been shown to be of a lower socioeconomic status than the broader MS population.
The significant financial costs of healthcare and medications, combined with lower income, may affect access to healthy eating.
The results suggest that cost of food may be a barrier to healthier eating. Food choices are important to health and wanting to maintain a healthy diet.
The study also found that food-labeling terminology may be a limiting factor in the selection of foods that could be more beneficial, especially with regards to MS.
More than 40 percent of those studied purchased grass-fed meats that can provide significantly greater levels of anti-inflammatory fatty-acid N-3s and lower levels of pro-inflammatory fatty-acid, N-6s.
Giesser mentioned that diet and lifestyle weren’t appreciated 15 years ago as a supplemental treatment.
This change is most likely a reflection of successful studies, people taking control over their health, and the growth in popularity of a more holistic approach to living.
While there’s no cure for MS, it is treatable.
Some advice Giesser gives her patients is that for the majority of people, “Medication is necessary but not sufficient. Diet, lifestyle, and exercise are necessary but not sufficient. It is best to put them together.”