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Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study.

Abstract

Multiple sclerosis (MS) epidemiology suggests that different factors are involved in the clinical expression of the disease. Alimentary cofactors have already been considered, but mainly theoretically. We have studied the relationship between MS prevalence and dairy product consumption in 27 countries and 29 populations all over the world, with Spearman's correlation test. A good correlation between liquid cow milk and MS prevalence (rho = 0.836) was found; this correlation was highly significant (p < 0.001). A low but still significant correlation was obtained with cream or butter consumption (rho = 0.619 and rho = 0.504, respectively). No correlation was found for cheese. These results suggest that liquid cow milk could contain factor(s) - no longer present in the processed milk - influencing the clinical appearance of MS. The possible role of some dairy by-products is discussed in the light of a multifactorial etiology of MS.

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    Laboratoire de Virologie, Faculté de Médecine, CHRU, Grenoble, France.

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    Neuroepidemiology 11:4-6 1992 pg 304-12

    MeSH

    Animals
    Causality
    Cross-Cultural Comparison
    Dairy Products
    Feeding Behavior
    Humans
    Milk
    Multiple Sclerosis
    Risk Factors
    Slow Virus Diseases

    Pub Type(s)

    Comparative Study
    Journal Article

    Language

    eng

    PubMed ID

    1291895

    Citation

    Malosse, D, et al. "Correlation Between Milk and Dairy Product Consumption and Multiple Sclerosis Prevalence: a Worldwide Study." Neuroepidemiology, vol. 11, no. 4-6, 1992, pp. 304-12.
    Malosse D, Perron H, Sasco A, et al. Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study. Neuroepidemiology. 1992;11(4-6):304-12.
    Malosse, D., Perron, H., Sasco, A., & Seigneurin, J. M. (1992). Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study. Neuroepidemiology, 11(4-6), pp. 304-12.
    Malosse D, et al. Correlation Between Milk and Dairy Product Consumption and Multiple Sclerosis Prevalence: a Worldwide Study. Neuroepidemiology. 1992;11(4-6):304-12. PubMed PMID: 1291895.
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    TY - JOUR T1 - Correlation between milk and dairy product consumption and multiple sclerosis prevalence: a worldwide study. AU - Malosse,D, AU - Perron,H, AU - Sasco,A, AU - Seigneurin,J M, PY - 1992/1/1/pubmed PY - 1992/1/1/medline PY - 1992/1/1/entrez SP - 304 EP - 12 JF - Neuroepidemiology JO - Neuroepidemiology VL - 11 IS - 4-6 N2 - Multiple sclerosis (MS) epidemiology suggests that different factors are involved in the clinical expression of the disease. Alimentary cofactors have already been considered, but mainly theoretically. We have studied the relationship between MS prevalence and dairy product consumption in 27 countries and 29 populations all over the world, with Spearman's correlation test. A good correlation between liquid cow milk and MS prevalence (rho = 0.836) was found; this correlation was highly significant (p < 0.001). A low but still significant correlation was obtained with cream or butter consumption (rho = 0.619 and rho = 0.504, respectively). No correlation was found for cheese. These results suggest that liquid cow milk could contain factor(s) - no longer present in the processed milk - influencing the clinical appearance of MS. The possible role of some dairy by-products is discussed in the light of a multifactorial etiology of MS. SN - 0251-5350 UR - https://www.unboundmedicine.com/medline/citation/1291895/full_citation L2 - https://www.karger.com?DOI=10.1159/000110946 DB - PRIME DP - Unbound Medicine ER -