Lesser Known Facts about MS

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

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