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People with multiple sclerosis have a higher risk of dying early

Recent studies suggest that those with multiple sclerosis might carry double the risk of dying early, compared to those who are not diagnosed with this disease. Those who develop multiple sclerosis at a younger age are more prone to this, rather than those who are diagnosed later in life. Even though previous studies have shown that survival rate is improving over time, it is still quite a big issue.

Study was done by Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD, of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada and a member of the American Academy of Neurology. She has done her research by reviewing the health system of 5,797 individuals with multiple sclerosis and 28,807 without it. All of them were the same sex, age (born in the same year) and from the same province of Canada.

On average, those suffering from multiple sclerosis died at the age of 76, while the healthy individuals lived until the age of 83. Out of the multiple sclerosis group 44% of people died from complications caused by the disease. Aside from that, the most common causes were system disease, cancer and respiratory disease.

During the research it was also taken into consideration if a patent’s had other conditions such as epilepsy, diabetes or depression. It is found that these conditions didn’t affect lifespan for those with multiple sclerosis any more than it did the others. However, treating conditions may be a way of improving survival, said Ruth Ann Marrie.

MS Society of Canada supported this study.

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