New study shows number of people living with MS is much higher than previously estimated.
A new study published today suggests that significantly more people are living with MS than previously thought. National charity MS-UK questions whether adequate provisions are available.
The study estimates that the number of people living with MS is now 127,000, some 27% more than previously thought.
Abi Crawford, interim CEO of MS-UK said “The outcome of this study is sobering. For far too long the services available to people affected by MS have been woefully inadequate.
MS-UK’s ethos has always been that taking a practical yet encompassing approach to managing MS can help improve well-being both physically and mentally.
As a charity, MS-UK has seen an increase in demand for our services which demonstrates the essential need for them to be available.”
Between 1990 – 2010, the study showed the number of people living with MS increased by 2.4% each year partly due to falling mortality rates, showing that people with MS are living longer.
Ms Crawford went on to say “People with MS are now living longer with the incurable and unpredictable condition. It is essential that people not only learn to live with their condition but also that they can have a fulfilling life. We hope that the study prompts a heightened awareness of MS and the impact it can have on people’s lives. More importantly, we hope that more resources are made available.”
MS-UK provides support, information and advice to anyone affected by MS and can be contacted on 0800 783 0518
or by visiting http://www.ms-uk.org