MS is an autoimmune disease that attacks the central nervous system that is increasingly being identified in children appearing to account for 3-10% of all patient with MS. Environmental exposure to ultraviolet radiation, vitamin D levels, EB infection, passive smoking and obesity have all been identified as risk factors in genetically predisposed children (mostly the histocompatibility complex on chromosome 6). Epigenetic factors probably link the two.
Published on: 10/09/2017
Children with MS have a higher relapse rate compared to adults.
A multicenter study of 219 children with MS examined the effect of diet on relapse rate.
High energy intake from fat (especially saturated fat) appears to increase the chances of relapse while vegetable intake provides protection.