The Many Risk Factors of MS

The Many Risk Factors of MS

Written on 05/02/2019

Multiple sclerosis is a condition cloaked in mystery. No definite cause, unpredictable symptoms that vary from person to person, and, currently, no known cure. Even who gets MS can be a bit of Russian roulette. Learn more about MS risk factors and how stem cell therapy may help individuals living with the condition in this blog from Innovations Stem Cell. Dr. Bill Johnson uses fat stem cell therapy to help treat patients living with MS and other health conditions that have no cure, as well as those who cannot tolerate convention treatments.

What Is MS?

As we mentioned, MS is a condition masked in mystery, but in general, it develops when the immune system attacks the myelin sheath, the protective covering of nerves. When this covering becomes damaged, nerves become damaged. When this happens, motor function is affected. Other symptoms of MS include muscle weakness, pain, tremors, seizures, twitching and cognitive decline.

Who Gets MS?

While the exact cause of MS is still unknown, numerous factors can increase the risk of developing the condition. These factors include:

Genetics. Although MS is not a hereditary condition, some studies have shown that having an immediate relative with MS can significantly increase your risk of developing the condition.

Certain infections. Some viruses have been linked to developing MS, including the Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) and the human herpesvirus 6 (HHV-6).

Behavioral factors. Researchers have also found that individuals who smoke have a 1.5 times greater chance of developing MS than nonsmokers. Additionally, those who drink alcohol to excess are also more likely to develop MS than those who do not.

Obesity. A Canadian study found that individuals with a more significant body mass index have an increased risk of developing MS.

Environmental factors. MS is more prevalent in individuals living in specific geographic areas. People living in Canada, Northern Europe, New Zealand and the northern portion of the United States are more likely to develop the disease than those living in warmer climates.

Demographics. Some factors, such as age, sex and race, may increase an individual's risk of developing MS. Women are more likely than men to develop MS, and the risk of developing autoimmune disease increases with age.

Ethnicity. MS is more likely to occur in people who are of Northern European descent than those of Asian, African or Native American descent.

If you're living with MS, you may want to consider fat stem cell therapy from Innovations Stem Cell. Schedule a consultation with us today at 214-256-1462.