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Who gets ms?

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Dr. Olav Jaren
Neurology
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In brief: Who gets MS

People everywhere may develop multiple sclerosis.
It most often starts between ages 20-40. Cases of teenagers and older adults are less common. It is more common in climates that are cold, cloudy, and located in far northern or far southern latitudes. Family history and smoking are related to MS, but are not the cause. MS is relatively rare, it is present in only 2 million people worldwide

In brief: Who gets MS

People everywhere may develop multiple sclerosis.
It most often starts between ages 20-40. Cases of teenagers and older adults are less common. It is more common in climates that are cold, cloudy, and located in far northern or far southern latitudes. Family history and smoking are related to MS, but are not the cause. MS is relatively rare, it is present in only 2 million people worldwide
Dr. Olav Jaren
Dr. Olav Jaren
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3 doctors agree

In brief: See below

Typical age range between 30-50, but clearly there are cases in both younger and older adults, as well as in children.
Certain populations worldwide have a higher incidence of ms, such as those of northern european heritage, whereas others have very low or non-existent MS such as african and aborigine. This reflects genetic risk factors coupled with enviromental triggers.

In brief: See below

Typical age range between 30-50, but clearly there are cases in both younger and older adults, as well as in children.
Certain populations worldwide have a higher incidence of ms, such as those of northern european heritage, whereas others have very low or non-existent MS such as african and aborigine. This reflects genetic risk factors coupled with enviromental triggers.
Dr. Virginia Simnad
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In brief: Mostly women

Ms can occur in childhood, but the vast majority of cases start in late 20's or early 30's.
Current studies suggest that there are 3.5 female cases to 1 male. Although there are genetic risk factors in some families, this is not considered a true hereditary disorder. Most adults have had a prior ebv infection, and the risk is higher with low vitamin d levels, and living north of latitude 39.

In brief: Mostly women

Ms can occur in childhood, but the vast majority of cases start in late 20's or early 30's.
Current studies suggest that there are 3.5 female cases to 1 male. Although there are genetic risk factors in some families, this is not considered a true hereditary disorder. Most adults have had a prior ebv infection, and the risk is higher with low vitamin d levels, and living north of latitude 39.
Dr. Bennett Machanic
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