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Obesity, but not age at puberty, associated with increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis

An extensive genetic study conducted at the Lady Davis Institute finds that obesity, rather than early puberty, may be influencing increasing rates of multiple sclerosis

Montreal, March 18, 2019 – Previous studies have suggested that people who begin puberty at an earlier age have an elevated risk of suffering from multiple sclerosis (MS). However, new research led by Dr. Adil Harroud of the Lady Davis Institute (LDI) at the Jewish General Hospital (JGH), found that the link between early puberty and MS is mainly attributable to obesity. The study is published in the March 20, 2019 online issue of Neurology, the journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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