We know that there are many health risks from being overweight, heart disease and diabetes to name but a few.
Obesity is often associated with these “late-life” outcomes, but there is a rising trend of obesity in children and young adults, which has led researchers to investigate potential early-onset health concerns.
Now a new study has found that obesity greatly increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis. In fact, it raises your risk factor by a staggering 41%.
The median age multiple sclerosis onsets at is from 28-31 years old. So the fact that childhood obesity is on the rise, and there is a strong correlation between body mass index and developing MS, there is serious cause for concern.
The study did not find a direct reason for the increased risk from obesity, but it did highlight that a high BMI can result in heightened inflammation, effects on metabolite, lipoprotein, hormone profiles, and many other negative side effects. Further studies are planned to get a better understanding regarding which of these negative side effects results in the heightened MS risk factor.
The study concluded that a large demographic of the population in the United States is at a high risk of developing MS.
Little has been known about the risk factors for developing MS before this study, so these new findings will hopefully lead to a push to address the growing BMI in Canada and the United States.
You can read the entire study on PLOS.org.