A new report has found that people with multiple sclerosis (MS) are more likely to have certain other health conditions than the overall population. The study, The Health Impact of Multiple Sclerosis, discovered that people with MS are three times more likely to have behavioural health conditions such as major depression and substance misuse disorder, and are two to three times more likely to have chronic health conditions such as high cholesterol and high blood pressure.
The report drew its findings from The Blue Cross Blue Shield Association’s Health Index which is a database of medical claims from more than 41 million commercially insured American people. The findings revealed that between 2014 and 2017, there were 21,700 new diagnoses, that 75% of those diagnosed were female, and that around half of the people in the study also experienced additional musculoskeletal issues, weakness or restricted motion.
Researchers concluded that these findings indicate the need for continued focus on diagnosis, management and treatment of MS.
Source: MS-UK 14/10/2019