Lou Gehrig’s disease
The cause of Lou Gehrig’s disease (or ALS) is caused by nerve cells in the brain and spinal column which cease to function, which results in a gradual paralysis and shutdown of the whole body until the point that the person who has it cannot breathe or eat.
ALS normally isn’t inherited only about 10% of all cases is said to be inherited from close relatives (father, mother, grandmother, grandfather, etc.) Someone with FALS (familial ALS) has one copy of the gene with a mutation and one copy of the gene without a mutation.
Muscle weakness, problems with coordination, stiff muscles, loss of muscle, muscle spasms, overactive reflexes, fatigue, vocal cord spasm or impaired voice, difficulty swallowing, drooling, lack of restraint, mild cognitive impairment, severe constipation, severe unintentional weight loss, shortness of breath, or difficulty raising the foot.
How Many People Get It Yearly:
About 5,600 are diagnosed with ALS, which means at least 15 people a day.
- Average life expectancy ranges from 2-5 years from time of diagnosis.
- Military veterans are approximately twice as likely to develop ALS.
5 Things That I found Interesting:
- ALS kills all cells in the body.
This is very unnerving as it will not only make you paralyzed but collapse you as well.
- I did not now that nerves cells were and are so important.
Now that I knew that ALS is caused because of nerves malfunctioning, I will not dismiss them as just another part of my body.
- ALS literally causes your muscles to shrink.
I have seen some pictures of this and it is unnerving as well as interesting.
- ALS occurs throughout the world.
I would not have thought that such a disease as ALS would be everywhere.
- ALS takes away your ability to do anything.
Being stuck in one place without being able to walk, write, or even smile is very strange. People with ALS normally cannot even change their own expression and just sit with blank faces.
“Homepage – ALS Association.” ALSA.org. Web. 12 May 2016.
“WebMD – Better Information. Better Health.” WebMD. WebMD. Web. 12 May 2016.