Here is My Question:
I have read that MS decreases life expectancy by 7 years (on average). Is this true? What is the min.-max. years life expectancy? Why?
The disease is highly variable. Life expectancy for people with MS has increased considerably in the last 20 to 25 years. According to the National MS Society, on average, an MS patient lives about five to seven years fewer than someone in the general public, largely because of disease complications or other medical conditions, like cardiovascular disease. Only rarely does the disease progress so quickly that it is deadly.
Due to advances in medications and treatments, care, and lifestyle adjustments, MS often progresses slowly.
Augusto Miravalle, MD FAAN
Clinical Associate Professor of Neurology
Liaison for Neurology, Fort Collins Branch
University of Colorado Denver School of Medicine
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