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Does exercise help slow ALS progression?

Does exercise help slow ALS progression?

Couldn't hurt: I am of the belief that exercise(especially yoga) is benefical; but unfortunately there is no cure to date. There are studies and trials being constantly done; and hopefully there will be a cure. Have hope...Stephen hawkins(famous astrophysicist) was diagnosed in his 20's and is still alive to date. ...Read more

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Exercise Or Physical Activity (Definition)

Exercise is a physical activity that is completed to maintain or improve health. Benefits of exercise include weight maintenance, improving mood, increasing energy, preventing or controlling chronic diseases, promoting better sleeping, and improving sex life and libido. ...Read more


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What is the progression timeline for als?

What is the  progression timeline for als?

Relatively short: Studies have suggested that this incurable and devastating condition can result in death within 3-5 yrs, and, although initially, there is weakness, muscle atrophy, and muscle flickering, later, pts develop inability to swallow and breathe, which is the eventual problem that leads to death. ...Read more

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What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

What is the progression of ALS or lou gehrigs disease?

Specifics: Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis is a disease of the motor nerve cell in brain and spinal cord, is progressive, irreversible, and causes muscle weakness, muscle flickering, and atrophy, in arms, legs, tongue, and leads to progressive disability, loss of ability to breathe and swallow. No cure, sole drug approved is Riluzole, which helps delay tracheostomy but not effect on weakness. ...Read more

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Would you recommend coconut oil for someone with als? I've read up on it, and some people have reversed the progression of the disease using it.

Would you recommend coconut oil for someone with als? I've read up on it, and some people have reversed the progression of the disease using it.

ALS and coconut oil: Their have been anecdotal reports of use of Coconut oil in ALS patients , their is no study done to prove whether it works or if it's a placebo effect . This is relatively harmless treatment and hence can be tried in someone with ALS. The medical community needs to look into it and study it further regarding if their is any benefit of using Coconut oil in ALS. ...Read more

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22 year old male , my hands cramp up occasionally and left foot , usually don't exercise, can it be ALS symptoms? it does not run in my family ?

ALS: Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis is usually in people older than 40. Usual early symptoms include cramps, fasciculations and often spasticity. The symptoms can start in upper or lower limbs or even speech or swallowing problems. The condition is rare. I have seen two cases in twenty years. I would be more suspicious of a low potassium or magnesium to cause your symptoms. ...Read more

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What are some common symptoms of als?

See below: Twitching of muscles, called fasciculations, weakness, atrophy of muscles, and later, involvement of tongue, ability to swallow, terminal problems with breathing, and inability to move about or take care of ADL's. Often associated with increased reflexes, in spite of loss of muscle bulk, ...Read more

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Is the ALS ice bucket challenge safe?

Probably yes: If you have no history of a heart condition, it should be safe. There are better ways of supporting ALS though- such as volunteering or donating to the ALS Association. ...Read more

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Can someone under the age of 20 get als?

It is rare: It is rare for a youngster to be diagnosed with ALS but it is possible. Most cases of this occur after age 50 or so. ...Read more

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