ALS, Imagine Losing Your Physical Functions

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Wed, May 11, 2016 -- Hutchinson Regional Healthcare System

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
  • Drooling
  • Severe unintentional weight loss
  • Shortness of breath
  • Difficulty raising the foot
  • Fatigue
  • Vocal cord spasm/ impaired voice

For more information regarding Lou Gehrig’s disease, visit: http://www.alsa.org/about-als/