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

You Moved as a Child

If you move as a child, your risk of MS will change to match your new homeland, whether you move from a low risk to high risk area for MS or vice versa. However, this is true only if you moved before roughly the ages of 12 to 15; after puberty, such a move doesn’t seem to matter.

“If your parents came to the U.S. from the Orient, they seem protected, as do their children,” Dr. Rose says. “The second generation—i.e. their grandchildren—may be at a higher risk for developing MS.“ This suggests that environmental factors may play a role, he says.

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