Multiple sclerosis statistics australia 2017?

Now, let’s talk about a subject that is both serious and important, but also fascinating – multiple sclerosis! In this article, we are going to delve into statistics regarding multiple sclerosis (MS) in Australia. We’ll be looking at everything from the number of people living with MS to gender differences in diagnosis rates.

The Basics Of Multiple Sclerosis

Before getting into the nitty-gritty statistics about MS in Australia, let’s cover some basics for anyone who may not know what multiple sclerosis is. MS is an autoimmune disease that affects the central nervous system. Essentially, when someone has MS, their immune system attacks myelin – the fatty substance surrounding nerve fibers – which impairs communication between nerves and can lead to a range of symptoms.

Symptoms vary widely between individuals but may include:

  • fatigue (very common, unfortunately)
  • difficulty walking or moving limbs
  • numbness or tingling sensations
  • vision problems
  • speech problems.

The course of the disease is unpredictable and there is no known cure – although there are many treatments available that can help mitigate symptoms (for those who like silver linings)!

How Many Australians Have Multiple Sclerosis?

Okay folks, time for some hard numbers. According to data from [redacted source], as many as 25 600 Australians were estimated to have MS last year (2017) with most being diagnosed during prime working years -(between ages 20 and 40). Additionally,

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as per estimates based on projections derived through linear regression models using data points over various periods – the prevalence rate amounts up-to approximately just under one person per thousand population.

However, it should be noted that due to difficulties diagnosing this often-silent illness; these figures could quite possibly be much higher dun dun duuuunn.

MS & Gender: Does It Matter?

When it comes to diagnosing MS, there appears to be a clear relationship between gender and diagnosis rates. According to estimates based on linear regression models using data points over various periods; women are twice as likely than men to be diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (what the double standard?!)

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It’s worth noting that this isn’t an issue of only identifying symptoms in women – rather, the disease actually does seem more prevalent among females! The reasons for this aren’t fully understood but may involve genetic factors or hormonal influences.

Additionally, statistical research shows that female patients usually:
– have a higher chance of developing chronic progressive Multiple Sclerosis (MS), which is associated with accumulating disability;
– report greater fatigue severity if presenting clinical depression is not present!;
– require Disease Modifying Therapies (DMTs) earlier than their male counterparts
(gotta love being XX)!

Where Do People With MS Live In Australia?

This is one area where information can really vary depending on who you ask. However according [redacted source],we can say some things about major cities versus regional areas:

In general,

  • cities tend to have higher rates of prevalence – we guess city living has its downsides,
    especially for those struggling with accessibility.
  • rural regions may face challenges in accessing MS specialists or neurologists

per capita densities indicate (according-to-a-former-census):

City Density per ~square km.
Melbourne 1500
Sydney 2000
Brisbane 1600
Perth 900
Adelaide 1300

Rural region could offer better quality-of-life amidst less hurried surroundings,but sometimes at the cost of easy access to specialist medical treatment.
(We just can’t win, picnics or neurologists?)

Is There A Pattern Between Age & Symptoms Of MS?

Another factor in understanding MS is how age correlates with symptom onset. According to [redacted source], change in symptoms form a bimodal distribution pattern based upon age.

  • The first peak occurs between ages 20 and 30;
    this period marks roughly when most people are diagnosed(oh great, more student loans and now this)
  • The second peak (with lesser numbers) appears around 55 years of age;(all fun until you hit golden-years!)

Therefore, we must give credit where it’s due-(or not), – Multiple Sclerosis doesn’t discriminate against any particular age for maximum efficaciousness.

Conclusion – So What Have We Learned Today

Well folks! That’s pretty much it regarding some significant statistical data about multiple sclerosis in Australia (ain’t stats doozies)!

To reiterate(re-emphasize):

  • Approximately one-thousandth of our population live with these symptoms,
  • Women tend to bear the brunt(lucky us),
  • Major cities have higher rates compared to rural regions;
    as for the increasingly inevitable oncoming onslaught of random arsehattery presented as Multiple Sclerosis themselves:
    it looks like they’ll usually come knocking primarily during those prime working years,and/or after an agent reaches retirement-age(!).

However, these figures aren’t perfect, there may be undiagnosed individuals out there struggling silently without even knowing what’s wrong (a single tear drops silently) – further (crap) research could provide greater insight into multiple sclerosis and its impacts (chop-chop stats boffins!)