MS-Risk Factors for Multiple Sclerosis
It is estimated that over 2.5 million people in the world have Multiple Sclerosis.
350,000 cases of MS are reported in the United States each year. 200 people per week, in the US, are diagnosed with MS. (That is more than one person every hour!) Every year, about 3000 Americans die from MS.
Did you know that Canadians have one of the highest rates of MS in the world? Every day, three more people in Canada are diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis. MS-risk is high.
Yes, MS is serious, but always remember that the vast majority of people with MS lead fulfilling lives.
It is possible to get MS with or without any of the MS-risk factors mentioned below. However, the number of risk factors that apply to you increase your chances of developing the disease. Some of the major risk factors for developing MS appear to be:
- Family History
If you have a family history of MS or neurological disorders, your chances of developing MS increase. The risk is 10 times more if you have a sibling or a parent with MS.
- Where You Live
You live in an extreme northern or southern climate - MS is most common in Caucasian people of northern European origin. Asian and African people rarely develop Multiple Sclerosis.
Women are twice as likely to develop MS as men. Two thirds of MS sufferers are women.
- Your Diet
Your diet consists of a lot of dairy products, animal fats and processed food.
- Exposure to Serious Viruses
You have been exposed to serious viruses. However, researchers have been unable to prove that one virus triggers MS. It is believed that the way certain people's bodies respond to a virus may encourage MS.
- Age MS most commonly affects people between the ages of 16 and 40. This is the most common age group that is affected though there are always exceptions.
- Oxidative Stress (Free Radical Damage)
Damage to the neurons (brain cells) caused by free radicals has been linked to developing MS. Careful and balanced supplementation with anti-oxidants has been shown, in many cases, to help reduce the damage and thus reduce the risk of developing MS.
It is especially important to have elevated levels of the body’s master anti-oxidant, Glutathione. Glutathione is like the General of all the other hundreds of anti-oxidants fighting for you IN you.
Anti-oxidants are your body’s natural defense against free radicals, and Glutathione actually aids in cell repair. Anti-oxidants work for you preventatively to lower MS-risk, and also are of great benefit as part of an integrated treatment program.
Click on the link to read more about Glutathione - A Significant Discovery.
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