Neurological reserve & why
maintaining it matters

When multiple sclerosis (MS) lesions occur in the central nervous system, the affected area may no longer function as it should—which can lead to MS symptoms. However, when these lesions occur in the brain, the brain can actually work around that damage and help manage symptoms. This amazing ability to adapt is called “neurological reserve.”

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Neurological reserve doesn’t last forever,
but you can help maintain it.
Keep in mind:

  • Neurological reserve can decrease as brain lesions occur
  • Making healthy lifestyle choices & managing all of the chronic conditions you may have can help you maintain neurological reserve longer
  • Don’t wait until you’re experiencing symptoms to make healthy changes that can help

Taking a proactive approach to maintaining your neurological reserve is a key part of what the MS MindShift initiative is all about.

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