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What are the odds that your kids will get multiple sclerosis (MS) if you have it?

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The odds that your kids will get the disease are a little higher than average, but still very low. Look at it this way: Out of 100 kids born to parents with MS, only about three will ever get it. That means 97 won't.

While genes play some role in multiple sclerosis, the condition doesn't pass directly from parent to child. It seems that some genes may raise the chances of having MS, but there are other triggers for the disease that we don't completely understand yet.

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Study Shows Life Expectancy for People with MS Increasing Over Time, But Still Lower Than the General Population," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "Disease-Modifying Therapies for MS," "9 Myths," "Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology)," "Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues," "Genetics: The Basic Facts," "Exercise," "Talking with Your MS Patients about Difficult Topics," "Employment," "Career Options."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's MS Focus: "Common Questions."

Mayo Clinic: "Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise & Multiple Sclerosis."

MS International Federation: "Employment and MS."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 20, 2018

SOURCES:

National Multiple Sclerosis Society: "Study Shows Life Expectancy for People with MS Increasing Over Time, But Still Lower Than the General Population," "Multiple Sclerosis FAQs," "Disease-Modifying Therapies for MS," "9 Myths," "Who Gets MS? (Epidemiology)," "Pregnancy and Reproductive Issues," "Genetics: The Basic Facts," "Exercise," "Talking with Your MS Patients about Difficult Topics," "Employment," "Career Options."

Multiple Sclerosis Foundation's MS Focus: "Common Questions."

Mayo Clinic: "Exercise and Multiple Sclerosis."

Cleveland Clinic: "Exercise & Multiple Sclerosis."

MS International Federation: "Employment and MS."

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on March 20, 2018

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