These Health Conditions Can Start as Early as Your 20s

You hear it all the time from doctors — you have to take good care of your health when you’re young to stay in good shape as you age. Still, a lot of us in our 20s and 30s aren’t too worried about developing any diseases. We figure now’s the time to live it up at the bar and eat all the junk we want.

Well, there’s some bad news for the younger generations: There are a surprising number of ailments that actually tend to develop in young adults. And some of these conditions won’t even show negative consequences until much later. Don’t think you’re invincible just because you’re young — here are 10 health conditions that can develop when you’re in your 20s.

1. Multiple sclerosis

Man visiting the doctor for a check-up

Multiple sclerosis can hit you in your 20s. | iStock.com

You’ve probably heard of this rare disease before, but you may not realize that it typically develops during your 20s. Timothy Coetzee, chief research officer for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society tells Men’s Health multiple sclerosis affects your central nervous system, which involves your brain, spinal cord, and optic nerves. This disease causes your immune system to attack the fatty substance that protects the nerves in your central nervous system, which can lead to a variety of symptoms. The scariest part about MS is that no two cases are alike.

Though the disease presents itself differently in every case, Coetzee explains in the story that it’s common for people with MS to experience blurry vision, extreme fatigue, numbness in the limbs, and difficulty walking. While there’s not yet a cure for this disease, the symptoms can be better managed when it’s caught early.

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