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Health.com: 12 Surprising Factors That Up Your Risk of MS

You Have Another Autoimmune Condition

Autoimmune diseases tend to cluster. This means that if you have one, you may also develop others.

So that means if you have type 1 diabetes or inflammatory bowel disease, you may have a slightly higher risk of being diagnosed with MS too. However, the link isn't as strong with other autoimmune diseases, such as lupus and rheumatoid arthritis, says Dr. Rose.

“Genes seem to set up the haywire autoimmune system,” he says.

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