Childhood trauma was the cause of the development of multiple sclerosis in women

(ORDO NEWS) — Scientists have found that those who experienced childhood trauma are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis. And this is typical for women.

Findings from a new study published in the Journal of Neurology Neurosurgery & Psychiatry show that childhood emotional trauma can influence the development of disease later in life.

In particular, women with trauma are more likely to develop multiple sclerosis. This was most noticeable in the experience of sexual violence.

To conduct the study, the researchers turned to the participants of the Norwegian cohort study “Mother, father and child.” From 1999 to 2008, nearly 78,000 pregnant women joined this study. Experts monitored their health until 2018, that is, 10 years.

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As a result, 14,477 women admitted to being abused as children. At the same time, they were more likely to be former or current smokers (and smoking increases the risk of developing multiple sclerosis), were overweight, and had some symptoms of depression.

Multiple sclerosis was diagnosed in almost 300 women during the entire study period. Of these, 71 participants (24%) were abused during their childhood.

After taking into account the remaining parameters, it turned out that there are several risk factors for the occurrence of multiple sclerosis in women.

These are sexual abuse (65%), emotional abuse (40%), physical abuse (31%). If two factors were present at once, then the risk increased by 66%, and with all three factors – up to 93%.

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