Health Guides: Stay Strong With Multiple Sclerosis

9 Ways To Cut Back On Sugar

Eliminate sweets to reduce pain, ease fatigue and feel better with MS.

9 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar

9 Ways to Cut Back on Sugar

If MS symptoms like pain and fatigue are bothering you, here's a simple strategy that may help: Cut back on sugar. According to Susan Blum, MD, author of The Immune Recovery Plan (Scribner), sugar in the blood stimulates your immune cells to actively release inflammatory molecules that travel throughout your body, causing damage and irritation. For Jennifer Caudle, DO, a board-certified family medicine physician, reducing sugar may not be a cure for MS, but it’s a great way to keep you healthy. While you can’t avoid sugar completely -- after all, it occurs naturally in beneficial foods like fruit and dairy -- you can limit daily consumption to 25 grams for women and 38 grams for men. For perspective, a small apple contains about 15 grams of sugar.

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