Anyone can get multiple sclerosis. But the disease has a gender gap that baffles experts.
Two to three times as many women get MS at ages 20-40 as men the same ages do. Doctors don’t know why that is, though they have some theories.
Hormones may be part of it, says Joseph Berger, MD, chief of the multiple sclerosis division at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine. “But we’re not yet sure.”
On the plus side, when young women get MS they are more likely than men to get a...