Study: People With MS Have Double The Risk Of Early Death

shutterstock_1758460New research indicates that people suffering from multiple sclerosis may have double the risk of dying early as compared to people without the said disease. Those who suffer from MS while at a younger age below 59 may even have three times the higher risk. Findings of the said study are published in the May 27 online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Researchers from the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada reviewed the health system data collected from 5,797 people diagnosed with MS and from 28,807 healthy individuals of the same gender, born in the same year and living in the same areas of the province. The data indicated that people included in the study who suffered from MS lived a median age of 76 years as compared to healthy people that did not have the disease, having a median living age of 83 years.

From the data collected, the researchers reported a total of 44 percent of those suffering from MS died as a result of the disease and complications associated with it. The other most common causes of death included cancer, circulatory system disease and respiratory disease. The researchers also checked whether the individuals involved in the study had other conditions such as diabetes, depression and epilepsy among others. But the researchers found out that overall, the other conditions did not shorten the lifespan of people with MS as much as the people who did not have the said disease. On the other hand, those people with MS who suffered from other conditions indicated a shorter lifespan compared to other people with MS but did not suffer from other conditions such as diabetes.

According to Ruth Ann Marrie, MD, PhD, of the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg, Canada, and a co-author of the said study, “Despite studies that show MS survival may be improving over time, the more than 2.5 million people affected worldwide by this disabling disease still face a risk of dying earlier, specifically those who are diagnosed younger.”

The said study was supported by the MS Society of Canada.

Source: American Academy of Neurology (AAN). (2015, May 27). People with multiple sclerosis may have double the risk of dying early. ScienceDaily. Retrieved June 10, 2015 from

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