Multiple Sclerosis Prognosis and Life Expectancy

  • Better treatments. Because of “disease-modifying” therapies, people with relapsing forms of MS are living longer than those not on these treatments, provided they stay on a therapy. The National MS Society refers to these therapies as the “best strategy currently available” to slow the disease’s natural progression.
  • Improved healthcare and lifestyle changes. Paying attention to factors that affect the quality of life and adopting a healthier lifestyle can help to reduce the risk of other conditions, such as cardiovascular diseases. Recommended lifestyle changes include quitting smoking, getting regular physical exercise and drinking less alcohol. A healthy diet can help to better manage some symptoms, such as fatigue, and bladder and bowel problems.

Beginning treatment as early as possible in MS is highly recommended for patients, as it might slow the disease’s advance.

Here are some factors that imply a faster MS progression, and disability accumulation, in a person. But it is a prognosis snapshot for today, based on clinical signs and tests results that might aid a longer term estimate of progression.  As new therapies are introduced and new insights into MS arise, their relevance can change:

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