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How to Prevent ALS?

The prevention of Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is being actively researched. While there is currently no definitive method to prevent it, there are several steps that you can take to reduce the risk or delay its progression.

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How to Prevent ALS Disease

Live a Healthy Lifestyle

  • Regular Exercise: Moderate exercise can support overall muscular and neural health. It is suggested to avoid heavy exercise to prevent any possible injuries. Consult with your doctor about the recommended exercise regimen.
  • Balanced Diet: A balanced diet, rich in antioxidants can help protect your nerve cells from damage. Including foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, such as fish, and walnuts, can be significantly beneficial for your neural and overall health. Here is a list of some dietary suggestions and struggles ALS patients often deal with.
  • Consider Supplements: Their role of dietary supplements in ALS prevention and progression is being researched. The intake of supplements such as vitamin E, coenzyme Q10, creatinine, and Omega-3 has been researched regarding their benefit in ALS prevention. Before starting any supplement consult a healthcare professional.

Avoid Toxins and Harmful Exposures

Reduce Smoking: Cigarette smoking has been linked to an increased risk of ALS, by affecting the motor neurons. Reducing or quitting this habit can decrease the risk of developing ALS, or its progression. 

Limit Exposure to Heavy Metals: There is a potential link between environmental factors, such as heavy metals, and the aetiology of ALS. It is highly recommended to avoid jobs or hobbies with high exposure to metals like lead. You can read more about the effect of environmental factors on ALS here.

Stay Informed on Genetic Factors

Individuals whose relatives suffer from familial ALS (FALS) are at higher risk of developing ALS. FALS is caused by a genetic mutation of a specific gene, which can be passed on further. It is suggested to undergo genetic testing to understand potential risks and get recommendations on additional consults.

Engage in Cognitive Activities

Engaging in cognitive activities like reading, puzzles, and sudoku might benefit your neural health. Cognitive activities increase neural branching, which increases the overall activity of your brain and potentially reduces the risk of cognitive decline.

Regular Medical Checkups

Having regular checkups can help in the early detection of neurological issues. If you have specific concerns about ALS, bring them up with your doctor so they can focus on examining specific factors. 

Taking general health precautions and staying informed about ALS risk factors offers the best approach to reduce the risk of the onset of ALS. Continuous research may provide more clarity and effective prevention strategies in the future.

Maintaining good nutrition with ALS
Exercise with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Nutrition and Dietary Supplements in Motor Neuron Disease
Smoking and risk of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: a pooled analysis of five prospective cohorts
Associations between cognitively stimulating leisure activities, cognitive function and age-related cognitive decline

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