Actress Selma Blair shocked fans and peers in the entertainment industry when she revealed that she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Blair, 46, joins other stars living with the condition, including Sopranos actress Jamie-Lynn Sigler, country singer Clay Walker and reality TV star and son of rocker Ozzy Osbourne Jack Osbourne. More than 2.3 million other individuals are living with the disease around the world. Innovations Stem Cell Center helps to treat individuals with this condition using fat stem cell therapy.
What Causes Multiple Sclerosis?
Multiple sclerosis, also known as MS, is caused by a disruption in the body's immune system that causes attacks on the myelin, the protective covering found on the outside of the nerves that make up the central nervous system, including the brain and spinal cord.
The attacks and destruction of the myelin cause sufferers lack of muscle control, loss of balance and difficulty moving. Many individuals living with MS experience cognitive decline and organ failure as a result of the condition, too.
Who Is Affected by Multiple Sclerosis?
Women are affected more frequently by the condition than men. The age of diagnosis is usually between 20 and 50.
While the disease often progresses slowly, most individuals experience "flares" in which their symptoms worsen. These flares can be brought on by a variety of circumstances, but they can also be minimized with a few tips:
1. Rest. Not sleeping enough can cause a flare in your MS symptoms. We suggest trying to get at least seven or eight hours each night.
2. Work Out. While working out may seem difficult when you're dealing with a condition that affects how you move, exercise can help you maintain your balance and strength. It can also help you keep your muscle tone. Try activities such as walking, yoga and swimming.
3. Beat the Heat. High temperatures can cause the symptoms of MS to worsen. We recommend avoiding the heat by staying inside, drinking enough water and using a fan.
4. Watch What You Eat. Not to keep an eye on your waistline, but studies suggest eating a diet low in saturated fat and rich in foods that contain omega-3 fatty acid can help reduce flares. Other studies have shown the benefits of vitamin D consumption for healthy nerves.
5. Skip Stress. This is a big one. Stress is a common trigger for many people living with MS. We suggest you avoid stress and relax as much as possible through meditation, yoga and breathing exercises.
6. Call Us. Stem cell therapy from Innovations Stem Cell Center can help reduce your symptoms and flares and may mean a slowdown in disease progression. Call us today at 214-256-1462 for more information on how Innovations can help you.