Why Do People Get MS?

What is MS

There is no single reason why someone may get multiple sclerosis. However, there are four main factors which can affect their chances. They are:

  • Environmental factors – such as vitamin D exposure and diet,
  • Genetic factors – MS is much more common in family members of people with the disease,
  • Immunological factors – damage to the immune system is thought to play a part in the development of MS,
  • The Dairy Connection – dairy products, such as cow’s milk, are linked to multiple sclerosis – Overcoming MS recommends that people with MS avoid all dairy products.

Multiple sclerosis is not a contagious disease, so someone cannot get MS by ‘catching’ it from another person.

For more information on all these topics and more, please see the MS Encyclopedia.

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