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Obesity and Birth Control Pills Increase Chance of Multiple Sclerosis - Newport Beach Clinical Research Associates
Researchers found that participants who were obese at the age of 20 were twice as likely to develop MS later in life, compared to the individuals who were not obese.
In addition, researchers also found that those who had a higher BMI had higher levels of leptin in their blood.
This protein is produced by fatty tissues that regulate the storage of fat in the body, as well as appetite and immune response.
Because leptin promotes inflammatory responses in the body, Dr. Correale says, this could explain the association between obesity and MS.
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