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Causes of MS

Genetic Link? Research has suggested a genetic link but this is not definite.

Environmental Influence?

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Research has suggested that MS is more common in countries further from the equator. However the mechanism of this is not yet fully understood.

There is very little research about ethnicity and MS however, however it is suggested that MS is more prevalent among people living in colder climates.

Further research has suggested that although, MS is less common in Black and Ethnic Minority people, those who migrated to colder countries including the UK before puberty or those born in these countries are more likely to develop MS but the mechanism of this is not fully understood.

Statistics show that people are usually diagnosed with MS between the ages of 20 and 50; however MS can strike at any age, even in children as young as 2years. Available data suggests that about 100,000 people in the UK have MS with Scotland having the highest number of affected individuals per capital compared to the rest of the world.

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