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How can diet and exercise help with primary progressive multiple sclerosis (PPMS)?

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It’s important to stay healthy overall no matter which type of multiple sclerosis (MS) you have. There are no specific eating plans that help MS, but a nutritious diet is always best. You should also try to stay at a healthy weight.

Exercise is also good for all types of MS. It can help you:

Exercise can also give you more energy and boost your mood. Try different types of physical activity, such as:

Remember to start slowly. If you’re sensitive to temperature, be careful not to get overheated. Never exercise until you’re totally exhausted because it will take much longer to recover.

  • Stay active and mobile
  • Manage your symptoms
  • Control your weight
  • Brisk walking, swimming, or other gentle activities that get your heart pumping
  • Exercises to improve your range of motion
  • Stretching and strengthening moves

From: Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 1, 2018

SOURCES:

United Spinal Association: "Primary Progressive Multiple Sclerosis: Understanding the Differences."

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "What we know about primary progressive MS."

Multiple Sclerosis Association of America: "Primary progressive multiple sclerosis: What you need to know."

Holland, N. , 2011. International Journal of MS Care

Multiple Sclerosis International Federation.

Up-To-Date: "Treatment of progressive multiple sclerosis in adults."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on March 1, 2018

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