Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis

By John Santoro

What is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis?

In the summer of 2014, people around the world started something called the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. The disease you were dunking ice on your heads for is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. And today I will be talking all about that.
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Fun Facts

1. Stephen Hawking is diagnosed with ALS and Lou Gehrig died from it

2. A nervous system disease that weakens muscles and impacted physical function

3. Also known as Motor Neuron Disease

4. Symptoms may include twitching, cramping, or stiffness of muscles; muscle weakness affecting an arm or a leg; slurred and nasal speech; or difficulty chewing or swallowing.

5. The cause of this disease is unknown

6. ALS can’t be cured be there are treatments to help

7. It can last for years or a lifetime

8. This disease is very rare. There are fewer than 20,000 US cases per year

9. Not one test can provide a definitive diagnosis of ALS

10. Nerve cells break down, which reduces functionality in the muscles they supply.

Healthy Living Advice

There are many ways to help people with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and with the help of doctors, and family you can give yourself a healthy lifestyle. Sometimes stress can lead to ALS, so people could go to therapy or try to live in a stress free environment. After you have been diagnoses by a doctor you should always take the doctors recommendations to help yourself fight the disease. ALS is hereditary so you should be aware of the symptoms and treat them early.