Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a condition that affects both the peripheral and central nervous systems. In most patients, ALS affects the physiological systems that control muscle movements.
Trained neurologists can accurately diagnose ALS in patients who present symptoms.
Most people who develop the condition are diagnosed between the ages of fifty and seventy. Younger people rarely suffer from ALS.
About 1.5 out of every 100,000 people are diagnosed with ALS, and men experience this illness at a slightly higher rate than women.
Underlying Causes of ALS
Researchers have found some rare hereditary forms of ALS. But in most cases, the specific causes of the condition are unknown.
There is some evidence that ALS occurs due to the loss of motor neurons inside the brainstem, cortex, or spinal cord. But in most cases, the underlying reason for this loss of neurons is unclear.
Some scientists think that oxidative stress is …