Some Interessting Facts

This week for my MS post I am going to post some facts that I found about the disease.

Facts about Multiple Sclerosis

General Information about Multiple Sclerosis

  •  First Diagnosed in 1849
  • The earliest known description of a person with possible Multiple Sclerosis dates from 14th century Holland
  • Multiple Sclerosis is the most common progressive and disabling neurological condition in young adults
  • Approx 2.5 million people worldwide, have Multiple Sclerosis
  • Around 400,000 people in the United States have Multiple Sclerosis
  • In the UK, approx 70,000 people have the disease
  • Approx 50,000 people in Canada have Multiple Sclerosis
  • Scotland has the highest incidence of Multiple Sclerosis per head of population in the world
  • In Scotland, over 10,500 people have Multiple Sclerosis
  • No virus has ever been isolated as the cause of Multiple Sclerosis
  • Average age of clinical onset is 30 – 33 years of age
  • The average age of diagnosis is 37 years of age
  • The average time between clinical onset of MS and diagnosis by physicians is 4 – 5 years
  • 10% of cases are diagnosed after the age of fifty
  • In 1936, only 8% of patients were reported to survive beyond 20 years after onset of illness
  • In 1961, over 80% of Multiple Sclerosis patients were reported surviving to 20 years after onset of illness
  • 2002 – A patient with Multiple Sclerosis can expect to live to average population life-expectancy minus seven years (mean life expectancy – 7 years)
  • Multiple Sclerosis is five times more prevalent in temperate climates than in tropical climates
  • Multiple Sclerosis affects women much more frequently than men. Approx. 1.7 – 2:1 in the US and approx 3:2 in the UK
  • The ratio of white to non-white is approx 2:1
  • Gypsies and Inuit’s do get Multiple Sclerosis although the incidence rate is much lower than other populations at approx 19 per 100,000
  • Native Indians of North and South America, the Japanese and other Asian peoples have a very low incidence rate of Multiple Sclerosis
  • In identical twins where one twin develops the disease, the likelihood of the second twin developing Multiple Sclerosis is approx 30%
  • The incidence rate for non-identical twins, where one contracts Multiple Sclerosis, is approx 4%
  • The risk of contracting Multiple Sclerosis if a first-degree relative (father, mother, sibling) has the disease, is approx 1% – 3% overall
  • The risk of contracting Multiple Sclerosis if your father has the disease is approx 1 in 100
  • The risk of contracting Multiple Sclerosis if your mother has the disease is approx 1 in 50
  • The risk among the general population of contracting Multiple Sclerosis is approx 1 in 800

Sources: Registered & Protected

Margaret Tidwell

I am a 33-year-old blogger. I write about my life and my struggles with Multiple Sclerosis. I also am a huge bookworm, and I have been doing book reviews for years now. I even blog about adoption, Multiple Sclerosis, and things that go on in my life.

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  1. Thank you for the information, some of which I didn't know. Just stopping by. I am following you from the Family Blog Hop. Would love it if you would LIKE my page:

  2. asiadeli says:

    Hi,visiting from the Family Blog Hop. I'm now following your blog and your twitter and have also clicked LIKE on your FB page as "Kara Hara". I would love if you could return the favor.

    Thank you.

  3. Ondria Witt says:

    Following your adorable blog from the Tuesday Hop! Hope you'll stop by The Mommy Blog:

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    Hop'pin by from 'Follow me Chickadee Tuesday's blog hop!'. I'm following your blog now, wont you please come and follow me back?? ~KM

    Krafty Max Originals

  5. Hi! Found your blog through blog hop! Newest followe, Hope you will come on over and enter some of the fun giveaways I have going on! Thanks!


  6. Interesting facts. I have cousins (brother and sister) that both have MS – no one else in the family has been diagnosed with it.

    Thank you for hoping aboard the Tuesday Train!! See you again next week!


    New follower from the blog hop! Please swing by my blog! 🙂

  8. The more information that's out there the better. Great post. Hello, I'm here from the Tuesday blog hop and your newest follower. I hope you'll come visit and follow me too. It's always good having a new blogging friend, right? Thanks!

  9. Hopping by here from Tuesday Train hop. Already a GFC follower from sometime ago. Now following you on twitter.

  10. says:

    Great post, there is alot I didn't know about MS. I’m a new follower from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop.

    Please stop on by and follow me at and say hello 🙂

  11. Divvy Up Diva says:

    Hello! I am stopping by from the Totally Tuesday Blog Hop! I am your newest follower! I cannot wait to read more! I hope to have you stop by and follow me back 🙂

  12. I know several people with MS and did not know a lot of these facts. Thank you for sharing them.
    I am a new visitor and follower via make Friends Monday…on Tuesday!

  13. Crunchy Frugalista says:

    This is a great post. I have 2 people close to my hear that have MS. Visting from DDC Tuesday blog hop. I can't wait to read more of your blog.


  14. carol anne says:

    Following from Hop a Little Tuesday ~ Hope you stop by too!

  15. Hi! I am a new follower! I hope you have a great weekend!

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