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The effect of nutritional counselling on diet and plasma EFA status in multiple sclerosis patients over 3 years.

Authors
  • Fitzgerald, G
  • Harbige, L S
  • Forti, A
  • Crawford, M A
Type
Published Article
Journal
Human nutrition. Applied nutrition
Publication Date
Oct 01, 1987
Volume
41
Issue
5
Pages
297–310
Identifiers
PMID: 3692896
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The dietary intake of 83 people with multiple sclerosis (MS) was assessed by the 7-day weighed intake method prior to dietary advice and at 6-monthly intervals thereafter up to 36 months. The P:S ratio of the diet increased from an initial value of 0.8 to 1.5 after 6 months and 1.34 at 36 months. Biochemical investigation of plasma essential fatty acid (EFA) status specifically linoleic, eicosapentanoic and docosahexanoic acids showed significant correlations with diet. Concurrent 6-monthly neurological and physiotherapy assessments were also carried out, the neurological results are discussed in relation to a nutrient scoring system.

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