What is Lou Gehrig’s disease (or ALS)?

Neil Alexander

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) is a progressively degenerative neuromuscular disease that begins either in the limbs (lumbar onset) with muscle twitching, wasting, or weakness; or as affecting speaking or swallowing (bulbar onset).

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According to the global estimates, there are around four to six people per 100,000 living with ALS at any given point in time.

Approximately 6,000 people are diagnosed with ALS each year in the United States. Roughly as many people are diagnosed each year as die from it. Life expectancy after diagnosis is two to five years, and ALS is essentially 100 percent fatal.

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Because of the relentless nature of the disability that comes with ALS, those battling it typically face an overwhelming challenge of physical, emotional, economic, and family strain.

The entire family unit, circle of friends, neighbors, and community are often heavily relied upon by those living with ALS.

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