Table 1

Patient characteristics

Multiple sclerosis

Benign*

Secondary progressive

Primary progressive


Number

27

32

21

Age (years, mean ± SD)

49.7 ± 10.3

50.7 ± 9.9

52.4 ± 8.7

Gender (F/M)

18/9

21/11

14/7

Disease duration (years, mean ± SD)

20.7 ± 8.2

20.2 ± 8.6

12.0 ± 4.8

EDSS score (median, range)

2.0 (0.0 – 3.0)

7.0 (4.5 – 8.5)

6.0 (2.5 – 8.0)

BMI (± SD)

23.8 ± 5.2

25.6 ± 5.8

24.9 ± 5.6


F: female; M: male; SD: standard deviation; EDSS: Expanded Disability Status Scale; BMI: Body Mass Index (kg/l2).

*Defined as an Expanded Disability Status Scale (EDSS) score of 3.0 or less, despite at least 10 years of disease duration. Score 0 = no disability, 10 = death [1].

Ramsaransing et al. Nutrition Journal 2009 8:36   doi:10.1186/1475-2891-8-36

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