With the incidence of multiple sclerosis higher in Saskatchewan than much of the world, and possibly with the highest rate of MS, Saskatchewan has a neurologist dedicated specifically to this disease.
Dr. Ilia Poliakov is the Clinical Director of the Saskatoon MS Clinic.
He says one theory as to why we have a higher incidence in Saskatchewan and in Canada is our cold weather and lack of sunshine being absorbed into our skin.
“Presumably low Vitamin D levels that most people have because there is a lack of exposure to sunlight to the skin, is thought to be one of the main factors for MS, and one of the main reasons we’re seeing high rates in Saskatchewan.”
Poliakov is hoping the Saskatoon MS Clinic will become a one-stop hub for patients, so they can get all their care in one place including neurologists, physical therapists, psychologists and whatever they need.
He is also working on a research database to bring all the M.S. information together and having the clinic be a place where health care professionals can call in to get information or suggestions on care.