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Table 1 Patient characteristics

From: Dietary patterns in clinical subtypes of multiple sclerosis: an exploratory study

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
  1. F: female; M: male; SD: standard deviation; EDSS: Expanded Disability Status Scale; BMI: Body Mass Index (kg/l2).
  2. *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].