Q: Why is ALS sometimes called Lou Gehrig’s Disease?
Many years ago, Lou Gehrig was known as professional baseball’s
“Ironman” With strength, agility, and excellent health, Gehrig had everything
it took to become a baseball legend. At the peak of his career, he was diagnosed as having Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) and died 2 years later, at age 39.
Q: Can you “catch” ALS?
ALS cannot be “caught” – it is not contagious. In 90% of cases, ALS strikes people with no family history of the disease. Only 10% of cases are classified as familial or inherited. It may occur at any age, with the risk increasing as people grow older.
Q: What causes ALS?
To date we don’t know what causes most cases of ALS. Scientists have studied many factors that could be linked with ALS, such as heredity and environmental exposures. Other scientists have looked at diet or injury and stress.
Q: Is ALS equally common among men and women?
Apparently ALS is slightly more common in men than women, though this is decreasing over time – is this due to the changing roles that women now play in society – we don’t know ?
Q: How long do people with ALS live?
Most people live from 3 to 5 years after symptoms develop. How long a person lives with ALS seems to be related to age; people who are younger when the illness starts live slightly longer.
Q: Will we find a better way to combat the disease
Yes. “Connecting the dots” between the global networks starts now! Whether western medicine, traditional/alternative medicine, nutritional or other…we need to move faster and share the knowledge.