MS Awareness Week: March 8-14

Posted on by Paula Gallagher

Multiple sclerosis is a complex disease. While it is most often diagnosed in young adults, aged 15 to 40, we know that it affects children, some as young as two years old. The impact is felt by family, friends and by the community. MS is unpredictable, affecting vision, hearing, memory, balance and mobility. Its effects are physical, emotional, financial, and last a lifetime. There is no cure. Living with it can range from being a small nuisance to being a great daily challenge. No two cases are alike and no one patient presents the entire scope of the disease. According to the National MS Society, about 400,000 Americans have MS, and every week about 200 people are diagnosed. World-wide, MS affects about 2.5 million people. This article discusses the risk factors for MS. One risk factor that jumps out is vitamin D status among those with MS. It is very interesting that there seem to be higher MS rates among those who live in Northern parts of the world where people have limited access to sunshine. I feel like a broken record. PLEASE HAVE YOUR VITAMIN D STATUS CHECKED. To learn more about MS , please read this paper.