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

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Montel Williams and a few other high profile male celebs have been diagnosed with MS, but by and large, MS disproportionately strikes women, says Nancy L. Sicotte, M.D., the director of the Multiple Sclerosis Program at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. The gender gap is growing.

“It used to be two women to every one man, but several new studies suggest it is approaching 4:1,” she says.

Even though women are more likely to develop MS, the disease tends to be more severe in men, adds John Rose, M.D., a professor of neurology at the University of Utah in Salt Lake City.

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