Multiple Sclerosis is the most common disabling neurological condition. It is an autoimmune condition in which the immune system mistakes the body's own tissue for an infectious foreign body and attacks it. Women have always been more susceptible to developing the disease and the proportion of women affected has risen up.

Today, MS affects 85,000 victims in the UK. Seventy years ago, back in 1940, two out of three with the condition were women and in 2000, the number rose to four out of five.

Scientists from the University of Alabama, who will lead a study reported that they still didn’t know why more women are developing MS than men and that more research is needed. They will include many factors into the study and inspect multiple changes that have occurred for women over the last few decades. The changes include the usage of birth control pills, earlier menstruation, higher obesity rates, changes in smoking habits, later age of first births, the usage of hair dye and cosmetics that may block vitamin D absorption.

Representatives of the MS Society reported that the idea about life style changes is appealing but that nothing can be said until further research is done.