Health — 02 March 2014

By Pat Anson, Editor

Obesity at a young age and the use of birth control pills appear to increase the risk of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) according to two new studies.

In a study of 420 people, half of whom had multiple sclerosis, researchers in Argentina found that those who were obese at age 20 had twice the risk of developing MS later in their lives than those who were not obese.

Researchers suspect that the so-called “obesity hormone” leptin may cause inflammation that can trigger MS.  People  with high body mass levels (BMI) had high levels of leptin, which regulates weight, appetite and immune system response.

“Leptin promotes inflammatory responses in the body, which could potentially explain the link between obesity and MS,” said study author Jorge Correale, MD, of the Raúl Carrera Institute for Neurological Research in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

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Pat Anson, Editor

Pat is Editor in Chief of American News Report. He is a veteran journalist and a former correspondent and producer for HealthWeek (PBS), Nightly Business Report (PBS) and other nationally syndicated shows. Pat has won numerous journalism awards, including a Golden Mike award for investigative reporting.

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