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”
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