Multiple Sclerosis and the Latest Research
March is Multiple Sclerosis Awareness Month! Approximately 400,000 individuals have MS in the U.S. alone, and, while the causes of this debilitating disease which affects the central nervous system are still a mystery, research has uncovered some interesting things:
Multiple Sclerosis: The More You Know…
Mounting evidence suggests that Vitamin D, which helps boost the immune system to prevent conditions like MS, may play an important role in understanding the causes behind the disease. Year round exposure to sunlight causes the body to naturally produce Vitamin D, and people closer to the equator and in sun drenched locations have a lower incidence of MS.
Time to Quit Ladies!
Women who smoke are 1.6 times more likely to be diagnosed with MS and continuing to smoke exacerbates the severity of it symptoms.
Is it Genetic?
MS is not hereditary, but ongoing research suggests that if you have a parent or sibling with MS there is a substantially higher likelihood that you will develop the disease.
- Numbness or Tingling of The Face, Body or Extremities
- Vision Problems
- Dizziness and Vertigo
- Bladder/Bowel Problems
- Sexual Problems
- Cognitive Changes
- Emotional Changes
Only your doctor can determine whether you have MS, and, because its symptoms are similar to other medical conditions, several tests are required to provide a definitive diagnosis. In addition to understanding your medical and personal history and doing a neurological exam, you doctor may also use magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) analysis and visual evoked potentials (EP) to make a determination.