Positive lifestyle choices can help to keep your brain as healthy as possible
Having a healthy brain that functions well is important for people with MS. Here are six positive steps you can take to keep your brain as healthy as possible, whatever your MS diagnosis.
Keep as active as you can
Higher levels of aerobic fitness are associated with faster information processing and preserved brain tissue volume. This suggests that being as active as possible may help to preserve brain health in people with MS.
Keep your weight under control
Obesity is associated with higher numbers of MS lesions (areas of intensive damage) than maintaining a healthy weight.
Keep your mind active
Education, reading, hobbies and artistic or creative pastimes help to protect against cognitive problems in MS when pursued over a lifetime.
Cigarette smoking is associated with decreased brain volume in people with MS, as well as with higher relapse rates, increased disability progression, more cognitive problems and reduced survival compared with not smoking.
Watch how much you drink
Unsafe levels of alcohol consumption are associated with reduced survival in people with MS.
Continue taking other medicines that your doctor has prescribed
If you have other diseases, be responsible for monitoring and managing them, including taking any prescribed medications. Conditions such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, heart disease and diabetes can worsen the MS disease course.
Read a Brain Health Guide for GPs & primary care providers:
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