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Is multiple sclerosis preventable?

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In brief: No

Population studies have suggest that mononucleosis in adolescence, smoking, and possibly childhood obesity are risks for developing ms.
However ms is a complex variable disease requiring genetic predisposition along with some environmental trigger(s), possibly influenced by hormones, immune system priming from certain infectious agents.

In brief: No

Population studies have suggest that mononucleosis in adolescence, smoking, and possibly childhood obesity are risks for developing ms.
However ms is a complex variable disease requiring genetic predisposition along with some environmental trigger(s), possibly influenced by hormones, immune system priming from certain infectious agents.
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Dr. Bennett Machanic
The latest info is now claiming a link to high salt diet, which stimulates Th17, but not sure how to evaluate this.
Dr. Willam Lau
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: No

We do not know the cause of ms.

In brief: No

We do not know the cause of ms.
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In brief: No

Since we don't know the cause, it would be unlikely.
It is thought to come about from genetic causes, possibly environment and possibly an insult to the immune system.

In brief: No

Since we don't know the cause, it would be unlikely.
It is thought to come about from genetic causes, possibly environment and possibly an insult to the immune system.
Dr. William Shaffer
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In brief: Maybe, rarely

We do know that people who grow up north of latitude 39 may have higher incidence of ms, but if they move south before the age of 13 or 14, the risk drops to the level of the new environment.
In this way, maybe a lower chance of an environmental influence, but how does one really know?

In brief: Maybe, rarely

We do know that people who grow up north of latitude 39 may have higher incidence of ms, but if they move south before the age of 13 or 14, the risk drops to the level of the new environment.
In this way, maybe a lower chance of an environmental influence, but how does one really know?
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