Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an autoimmune, inflammatory, demyelinating disease of the central nervous system. Generally, it strikes at an early age, sometimes young adults. Its symptoms have impaired vision, numbness, weakness, psychological changes etc. Fatigue is the earliest symptom of MS. This disease can wax and wane thirty years, but half of the full cases it steadily progresses to complete disability or even premature death.
Almost 400,000 people in the USA are suffering from Multiple sclerosis and every now and then someone is diagnosed. Now the question is, whether there is any way for multiple sclerosis prevention.
According to the experts, the answer is no, proper treatment for multiple sclerosis is yet to be developed. The main reason for this is that the cause of MS is still not properly understood. Researchers think that both genetic and environmental factors contribute to the development of that disease. Understanding factors responsible for multiple sclerosis reduce the risk.
The related factors for developing multiple sclerosis are:
More than one-quarter of the patients have affected relatives, according to population, twin and family studies genetic influence has a strong effect on the susceptibility for MS. One group of Class II MHC genes of class D, located on chromosome 6p21, has been implicated. Researchers of several ethnic groups have found that human leukocyte antigen (HLA) haplotype DR2Dw2 is a modest contributor for disease susceptibility. In patients with this haplotype, certain T-cell polymorphism is also a risk factor. Although it is not possible to change your family background, researchers are working on the cause of MS so that they can advise people of affected family what they can do to decrease the risk of the disease.
A member of the herpes family of virus, Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) sometimes linked to Multiple Sclerosis (MS), but never It has been confirmed a cause of the disease. U.S. center for disease control and prevention reports that more than 90 percent of the people in the age range of 35-40 have had MS at some point of their life.
It is not possible to wipe out such a widely spread disease completely. However, avoiding physical contact with a sick person and washing your hands frequently at the time of sickness could be a general illness prevention technique.
According to some research people of North America, North Europe, and Southern Australia are more susceptible to Multiple sclerosis than the people living near the equator.
This is because people living equator gets more necessary vitamin D from sunlight than the people of these countries. Researchers indicate that vitamin D plays a major role in multiple sclerosis prevention.
According to the Chitins, the biggest diet-related factor that is useful to prevent MS is vitamin D, so milk, cereals which contain high level of vitamin D should be added to the diet to get rid of it. Besides caffeine, green tea has some great effect against Multiple sclerosis. A compound found in red wine named resveratrol has also shown some great promise.