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Med Hypotheses. 1986 Jul;20(3):279-82.

Multiple sclerosis, latitude and dietary fat: is pork the missing link?


The relationship between prevalence rates of multiple sclerosis (MS) in several countries and the corresponding per capita consumption of fat, beef and pork was investigated. A significant correlation was obtained between prevalence of multiple sclerosis and fat intake (r = 0.63, p less than 0.01), total meat intake (r = 0.61, p less than 0.01) and pork consumption (r = 0.87, p less than 0.001). There was no significant correlation with beef consumption. The mechanism by which pork intake may increase the risk of developing MS is unknown and deserves further study.

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