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Who can get multiple sclerosis (MS)?

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It's actually most common in younger people -- ages 20 to 50. But it can affect people at any age, from young children to older adults.

It's also much more common in women than in men. Experts think that hormones may play a role.

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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