Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Does Smoking Increase MS Risk?

Does smoking play a role in multiple sclerosis (MS)? Several studies have investigated possible connections between tobacco smoke and MS. A 2015 brochure written by Tiffani Stroup and published by the National MS Society (NMSS), presents a summary of information gathered from many of these research studies. Here’s an excerpt:

“Together, these findings demonstrate the many negative effects of cigarette smoking in people with MS. Not only are smokers at higher risk of developing multiple sclerosis, but they are also more likely to: 1) be diagnosed with the progressive form of the disease; 2) have higher disability scores, increased disease activity on MRI and more significant symptoms; 3) develop antibodies that make some of the multiple sclerosis medicines ineffective; and 4) transition to the secondary progressive form of the disease faster than ex-smokers or never smokers.

The brochure continues: “Passive (second-hand) smoke exposure has also been associated with an increased risk of developing multiple sclerosis in adults and children. The good news is that stopping smoking can help to reduce these negative effects.”

Read this post in its entirety:
Is There Really a Connection Between Smoking and MS?

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