Medics' warning as multiple sclerosis numbers rise over past 20 years
The number of people living with MS rose by 2.4% a year despite fewer new diagnoses.
The number of people being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis is falling, according to researchers at Dundee University.
But the population of those living with the disease is growing, as patients live longer, and experts are warning that could put a strain on resources.
Researchers from Dundee University found that between 1990 and 2010, the number of people with MS increased by about 2.4% a year despite a fall in the number of people being diagnosed.
That number has been attributed to more people are living longer with the disease. The mortality rate rate fell by around 3% over the same period.
The University of Dundee's Dr Isla Mackenzie said: "In 2010 it was estimated around 130,000 people were living with MS in the UK. And the trend would suggest that's now higher."
Researchers say the figures will have significant implications when to comes to allocating resources for those affected.
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