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New study finds survival gap for people with MS

5/29/2015

A new study suggests that people with multiple sclerosis have shorter lifespans than people who don’t have the disease. However, researchers did discover that having other conditions had no greater effect on lifespan on people with MS than on those who without.

The study’s authors reviewed the Canadian health system use of 5,797 people diagnosed with MS and 28,807 healthy people of the same sex, born in the same year and from the same areas of Canada. They found that people with MS lived a median of 76 years, compared to 83 years for people who did not have the disease.

A total of 44 percent of the people with MS were reported to have died from MS and related complications of the disease. After that, the most common causes of death were circulatory system disease, cancer, and respiratory disease. Researchers found that having other conditions did not shorten the lifespan of people with MS any more than it did for the people without MS. However, people with MS who had other conditions had a shorter life span than those who did not have conditions such as diabetes.

“Despite studies that show MS survival may be improving over time, the more than 2.3 million people affected worldwide by this disabling disease still face a risk of dying earlier, specifically those who are diagnosed younger,” said study author Ruth Ann Marrie, M.D., Ph.D., of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada.

The study is published in the online issue of Neurology.



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