Monday, March 23, 2009

Obesity Can Negatively Affect Multiple Sclerosis

Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a serious illness which affects the central nervous system. The components of the central nervous system include the brain and spinal cord. MS is an incurable disease, so any actions that can be taken to lessen the effects of the disease are worth considering. There is some evidence to support the belief that obesity worsens MS, or at the very least makes the initial MS diagnosis more difficult. So weight reduction among those obese persons with MS can improve the overall health of the MS sufferer.

CVS Caremark has established a program that addresses some chronic diseases, including MS. Registered nurses run the CVS programs. The nurses provide personalized information and education to the persons enrolled in the program. The nurses also monitor the enrollees to determine which of the enrollees need more attention.

The CVS program may offer a collaborative opportunity for bariatric centers. Bariatric centers could work with the organizations establishing programs to help obese persons who suffer from specific comorbidities, such as MS.

CVS, Walmart, Walgreens, and other organizations have established retail clinics. These clinics treat ailments such as ear and nose infections. The clinics also give flu shots. And some clinics address obesity. Therefore, these clinics may offer another avenue for bariatric physicians, weight loss centers, and others who offer weight loss services.


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