Can Multiple Sclerosis be Prevented? Researchers do not think so
- Multiple Sclerosis damages the nerve cells and worsens with time.
- There are no specific prevention techniques for Multiple Sclerosis.
- But certain factors do contribute to it.
- Dietary factor with possible link to Multiple Sclerosis is vitamin D.
Any disease affecting the brain and the spinal cord is scary, simply because it is these two that functions your body. Multiple Sclerosis is one such illness that disables the neurology of your body. Know how you can prevent this from happening.
Multiple Sclerosis damages the nerve cells and it is progressive in nature which means it worsens with time. An insulating sheath called myelin surrounds the nerve cells and it helps to transmit nerve impulses. During Multiple Sclerosis the sheath becomes inflamed or damaged, thus disrupting nerve impulses. There are numerous symptoms when your nerve signals get disrupted, affecting your vision, ability to move parts of the body and also the ability to feel sensations such as pain and touch. Researchers believe that Multiple Sclerosis is an autoimmune disease, meaning that the immune system mistakenly attacks its own body. There are several viruses that have been linked to the disease.
Unfortunately, there are no prevention techniques for Multiple Sclerosis, but there are a number of factors that are related to developing Multiple Sclerosis.
It has been found that hereditary factors are responsible for Multiple Sclerosis. Studies show that in identical twins about 25 per cent of people who have an identical twin with Multiple Sclerosis develop it in themselves. You surely cannot change the family which you were born into, researches are on that would help people with a family history to know how to decrease the risk of developing it.
Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) has been linked to Multiple Sclerosis; EBV is a member of the herpes family of viruses. It hasn’t however been established as a conclusive cause for Multiple Sclerosis. It is not quite possible to avoid the exposure to a virus that is widespread and is embedded in society. You could however, avoid contact with people who are sick and you should also wash your hands frequently during cold and flu season. Also after spending time on planes and other forms of public transportation you should wash your hands. Also staying healthy is very important.
The biggest dietary factor with possible link to Multiple Sclerosis is vitamin D. Higher levels of vitamin D which you find in milk and cereals have been linked to lower risk of MS in studies. Therefore, you should pack your diet with vitamin D in order to reduce the risks. Also, other dietary factors have also been linked, like caffeine, green tea, and tart cherries. Also, a compound known as resveratrol which is found in red wine has shown promise in another study.
Multiple Sclerosis has higher incidence in North America and southern parts of Australia, and northern Europe. This suggests that the farther you live from the equator the greater your risk is for developing it. Thus the link between vitamin D which is also known as sunshine vitamin and Multiple Sclerosis could explain the reason why places closer to the equator are low on the incidence of Multiple Sclerosis. Thus, the vitamin D which your body generates on coming in contact with sunshine could help you to ward off Multiple Sclerosis. Get more sunshine then!
Researchers are still trying to look for possible prevention for Multiple Sclerosis but the problem is that we do not yet know the cause for it. Once the causes come out plain and clear, the prevention will not be far away.
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Source: Onlymyhealth editorial team Nov 21, 2013
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