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Why Staying Informed About Multiple Sclerosis is Important

April 25, 2017

Research is constantly changing, which makes it important to always be up to date with the new findings, especially when it comes to multiple sclerosis (MS). What you might have known about the illness, may no longer hold true. Science and technology is always updating, so be sure to stay informed!

Cathy Chester, a patient of MS, discusses assertions she was taught about MS 30 years ago that have been updated today. Some of the few things she was told about MS was:

  • There’s less than a 1% chance for a child to inherit their mother’s MS
  • The first two years after diagnosis maps the course of the disease
  • The greatest medicine is bedrest
  • Yoga, tai chi, and meditation have no proven benefits for an MS patient

However, she explains how new research has found these statements to no longer hold truth. Here are the new findings: 

  • There’s less than a 1% chance for a child to inherit their mother’s MS: The percentage has actually increased to 2.5-5%.
  • The first two years after diagnosis maps the course of the disease: 85% of patients with RRMS will eventually transition into a more degenerative type of MS.
  • The greatest medicine is bedrest: Countless of studies show that exercise has actually been proven to be a great medicine.
  • Yoga, tai chi, and meditation have no proven benefits for an MS patient: There are plenty of MS wellness and yoga classes to help people. Meditation has been shown to reduce stress and anxiety.  

Science and research is always changing, so it’s important to stay informed and ask questions. 



Via MS NEWS TODAY