Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
By: Julie Hollensbe
-muscle weakness (most common in hands/arms/legs)
-twitching or muscle cramps-shortness of breath & difficulty breathing
How does ALS affect your muscular system?
Because of the destruction of the muscle neurons, the message that the brain sends to the muscles doesn’t work, making it almost impossible to move your muscles on your own.
Facts & Statistics:
- Most people develop it between the age of 40 & 70: most common after 60.
- More common in men than women
- Approximately 5,600 people are diagnosed with ALS per year in the US