Could salt worsen MS?

An article appeared in the Irish Independent yesterday which suggested that people with multiple sclerosis may see a worsening of symptoms if their intake of salt is high.

MS Ireland
20 Oct 2014

The article says that according to the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery and Psychiatry, researchers assessed the blood and urine samples of 70 people with relapsing-remitting MS to check for salt levels. The study found that people whose diet included a higher amount of salt were almost 3.5 times more likely to have radiological signs of further progression of their MS.

However, the observational study gave no definitive conclusions on the significance of salt intake and its effects on MS. The findings suggest that further research into whether dietary salt reduction could ease symptoms or slow the progression of MS is needed.

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