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Multiple sclerosis

Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a condition of the central nervous system in which the coating around nerve fibres (myelin) is damaged, causing a range of symptoms varying in severity.

“The cause of MS is unknown; however, it is believed to occur as a result of some combination of genetic and environmental factors such as infectious agents. Theories try to combine the data into likely explanations, but none has proved definitive. While there are a number of environmental risk factors and although some are partly modifiable, further research is needed to determine whether their elimination can prevent MS”

source: Wikipedia

The risk factors known to influence the likelihood of becoming affected include :

• Genes and family history
• Environmental factors
• Viral infections
• Vitamin D deficiencies
• Smoking
• Obesity

Source:MS Society, UK

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