May sponsors a variety of awarenesses and causes. One of these significant causes is awareness of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), otherwise known as Lou Gehrigs disease. Lou Gehrig’s disease is a nervous system disease that weakens muscles and reduces physical function. ALS does not have a set cause, however, researchers have concluded that ALS could be caused by gene mutation, chemical imbalance, or disorganized immune response.
Currently, ALS does not have a cure. However, there are some ways you could potentially reduce the risk of ALS:
1) Quit smoking, smoking is said to increase the risk of ALS by almost two times that of a nonsmoker. The more times a person smokes, the greater the risk.
2) Avoid lead in the workplace, research suggests that lead exposure in the workplace could be a factor in the development of ALS.
ALS only attacks motor neurons that affect the physical functions of the body. A person’s sense of taste, smell, sight, hearing, and touch are usually not affected. The symptoms of ALS include:
- Difficulty Swallowing
- Severe unintentional weight loss
- Shortness of breath
- Difficulty raising the foot
- Vocal cord spasm/ impaired voice
For more information regarding Lou Gehrig’s disease, visit: www.alsa.org/about-als/