Triggers of Multiple Sclerosis

Although researchers still do not know for sure what causes seizures, there are a number of factors that probably increase the risk, including:

Age: Those aged 50 and over are at higher risk. This may be because the inflammation in the body tends to increase as you get older, leading to age-related diseases and an increased risk of MS relapse.

Hormones: Studies show that flares are more common in men than women with MS. This may be due to the reproductive hormones that affect both the recurrence of the relapses and the types of symptoms experienced during the exacerbation. Men tend to experience more severe symptoms related to cognitive function and balance, and women tend to experience more visual and sensory symptoms.

Infections: Viral or bacterial infections, such as urinary tract infections, and pneumonia, can trigger a MS relapse. In these cases, the attack will appear several weeks after the infectious disease.

Stress: Experiencing stressful events or chronic stress can trigger a relapse.

Vitamin D levels: Studies show that low levels of vitamin D increase the risk of flares.

Read more: Staying Ahead of MS Attacks

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