Prevalence of Comorbidities, Overweight and Obesity in an International Sample of People with Multiple Sclerosis and Associations with Modifiable Lifestyle Factors
Claudia Helena Marck, Sandra Leanne Neate, Keryn Louise Taylor, Tracey Joy Weiland, George Alexander Jelinek
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2016
Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a chronic neurological disorder, often affecting young people. Comorbid disorders such as depression, anxiety and hypertension are common and can affect disease course, treatment, and quality of life (QOL) of people with MS (PwMS). The associations between comorbidities, body mass index (BMI) and health outcomes are not well studied in MS, although research shows most PwMS are overweight. Most data on the prevalence of comorbidities and obesity in PwMS comes from North American populations. This study describes the prevalence of comorbidities, overweight and obesity and associations with modifiable factors in an international sample of PwMS recruited online through..View full abstract
The study was funded by philanthropic funders the Bloom Foundation and the Horne Family Charitable Trust. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.