AMYOTROPHIC LATERAL SCLEROSIS (ALS)
ALS is an incurable and progressive neuromuscular disease. There are two types of ALS: sporadic (idiopathic) and familial (hereditary). Those who have ALS lose control of eating, speaking, walking and even breathing. It’s a degenerative condition that wears the body down bit by bit.
WHAT IS IT?
ALS is a neuromuscular disease that attacks nerve cells needed for proper muscle function. It is a direct result of motor neurons degenerating and dying in the brain and spinal cord. With the cells dying, messages to the body’s muscles aren’t being sent or received. This causes the body to weaken and waste away.
It is unknown what causes ALS and cell degeneration, but it can affect anyone regardless of sex, race, or location. Genetics plays a role in a small portion of ALS cases, and there have been links to environmental and lifestyle factors, but there is no conclusive evidence to make such claims.
The most common symptoms of ALS are:
• Speech difficulty
• Difficulty swallowing/eating
• Limp or weak muscles
• Breathing problems
• ALS Risks
As of right now, there is no non-genetic risk factors the put you at risk for ALS. There have been inconclusive studies and suspicions regarding environmental pollutants, climate, exercise, diet, alcohol and drug use and occupational conditions, but research has yet to nail down any concrete evidence.