There are many ideas about who is likely to get multiple sclerosis (MS). The disease is not contagious or directly inherited, but scientists have identified factors that may be associated with risk for MS. These include gender, genetics, age, geography, and ethnic background.
MS occurs in different ethnic groups. This includes African Americans, Asian Americans, and Hispanics. However, the most common ethnic group affected by MS is white people with Northern European ancestry. Certain areas have a higher concentration of people with MS. This may mean:
If you’re living with MS, it’s clear you’re not alone. There are many people who have already crossed the same hurdles as you. Learn how support groups can help you talk about your MS and meet others in a similar situation.