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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