According to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, about 2.1 million people suffer from MS. Unfortunately, no one knows why people develop this debilitating disease of the central nervous system; however, researchers have recognized some patterns. Statistics suggest that women are twice as likely to develop MS as men. Additionally, new research indicates that obesity may somehow increase the risk in certain individuals.

A Substantial Risk Factor

A recent study suggests that a person’s body mass index may determine whether or not he or she is at a high risk of developing multiple sclerosis. Conducted by researchers at Kaiser Permanente Southern California Department of Research & Evaluation in Pasadena, Calif., the study looked at the association between obesity and MS in young girls. Ultimately, researchers determined that a BMI of 35 or greater increased a person’s risk of developing MS by almost four times.

While they can’t definitively say that obesity somehow causes MS in certain people, the researchers did point out that obesity can increase inflammation, which could accelerate the development of MS. They also suggested that obesity may somehow influence a woman’s estrogen levels in a negative way, which could promote even more inflammation. This last point seems to carry weight, since the study found no correlation between body mass index and MS in male subjects.

Coping with MS

Every day, we learn more and more about multiple sclerosis. Each new revelation brings us closer to a cure; however, until that day, sufferers need a way to reduce their MS symptoms; so they can enjoy a better quality of life.

Dr. Berry offers his patients relief from MS symptoms by providing oral appliances. These amazing devices work by adjusting the jaw to take pressure off nerves and blood vessels that lead to the brain. To learn more about how an oral appliance can give you back your freedom, please call (303) 691-0267 at the TMJ Therapy & Sleep Center of Colorado in Denver today.