Diet and Multiple Sclerosis

For most people with MS, the best diet is a healthy, varied one.

The key points are:

  • A balanced diet and healthy weight could help you manage your MS.
  •  Aim for a balanced diet so you get enough of the main nutrients: carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins and minerals.
  •  There isn’t a ‘MS diet’ that’s been proven to help treat multiple sclerosis. Special/alternative diets like The Swank, McDougall, Paleo or Best Bet cut out certain foods, so if you try them be careful not to miss out on vital nutrients.
  • Make a plan for your diet that helps your own personal needs – to help with fatigue, the bladder or bowel, swallowing difficulties or keeping a healthy weight.
  • If you need help with meals – with planning, shopping, preparing or clearing up – ask your GP or MS nurse for an occupational therapist assessment and a referral to a dietitian. They can help make sure you can get a good diet, and help you eat healthily within your budget.

This video has useful information about eating a balanced diet: 

If you would like more support with your diet, or if you would like help with managing your weight (either if you are underweight or overweight), then please ask your GP or MS team to refer you to a dietitian for individual advice.

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