Here are some interesting facts about the disease we struggle with based on internet research.
- First Case diagnosed in 1849
- The earliest known case of MS dates back to 14th century Holland.
- MS typically skips a generation rather than seeing a gene passed from parent to child or sometimes it is seen in the extended family instead. It is not thought of as inherited though a child or sibling could see a 1 in 100 chance of developing the disease a twin has a 33 percent chance of developing the disease. The average person in the US has a 1 in 1000 chance of developing the disease.
- MS attacks the central nervous system rather than the muscles themselves
- Most MS patients will experience a normal life expectancy
- One MS patient may experience symptoms quite unlike another MS patient as it affects people differently
- It is suspected that the large amounts of exposure to Vitamin D by way of the sun is the reason why Multiple Sclerosis is nearly non-existent in tropical regions
- Twice as many women have MS
- Multiple Sclerosis is thought to be an autoimmune disease but currently debates continue on this subject.
- MS is more common among Caucasians than other races.
- MS is five times more prevalent in the Northern United States, Canada and Northern Europe than in other parts of the world.
- The exact cause of MS is still unknown though it may be caused by a virus
- MS occurs more frequently in higher latitudes