How Past Pregnancies May Help Prevent Multiple Sclerosis
Mar 12, 2012 18:43
Wear those stretchmarks on your belly with pride ladies, because a study involving more than 800 women has found that pregnancy may have a strong role in whether or not a woman
may develop the autoimmune disease multiple sclerosis (MS).
For the study, nearly 300 of the participants (ages of 18 and 60) had experienced a first episode of MS symptoms, while the other women were healthy and included as a control.
Women with at least one child had about half the risk of early MS symptoms compared to women without children. And that risk appeared to drop with each additional child. Women with three children had a 75% lower risk of early MS symptoms compared to women without children. In women with five or more children, risk of early symptoms was slashed by 94%. Such benefits remained even after researchers accounted for other factors associated with the likelihood of developing MS.
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