Who is most likely to develop multiple sclerosis?
Asked Mar 25, 2014


The cause of multiple sclerosis (MS) is unknown, and the overall rate of MS is fairly low. Still, certain people are more likely to develop MS than others. Learning what increases MS risk can help you spot the signs of MS early.

Major risk factors of multiple sclerosis include gender, age, and family history. People between the ages of 20 and 40 and females are more likely to develop MS than others. Habits like smoking and other tobacco use also have been linked to an increased risk for MS.

People from regions of the world that are far from the equator — such as Norway or New Zealand — appear to develop MS more often than other people. People of African or Asian ancestry, including India and Pakistan, appear to be the least likely to develop MS.

Having a family history of MS or a history of certain viral infections also can increase the risk for developing the disease.

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