According to Everyday Health, research is finding a connection between being overweight at a young age and an increased risk of developing MS. Being overweight can lead to various health problems, including heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Now research has also been showing evidence that being overweight early in life might also increase the chance of developing multiple sclerosis (MS) later in life.
With MS, the body’s immune system attacks the central nervous system, leading to the deterioration of the myelin sheath — the fatty substance that protects nerve fibers — and sometimes even the nerve fibers themselves. This destruction creates scar tissue that can interrupt communication between the brain and the rest of the body, causing such symptoms as fatigue, weakness, numbness, tingling, and issues with vision and balance.
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