Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS)
Research, Scientific Breakthroughs, & Caregiver Tips
How is Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) Prevented?
The direct cause of ALS is not known, especially in cases of sporadic ALS in which heredity doesn’t seem to play a role. However, research has identified some risk factors that may increase the risk of developing the disease. The risk factors include:
- Smoking. Some research has suggested a link between smoking and ALS, especially in post-menopausal women.
- Military service. Veterans of the military are twice as likely to develop ALS as those who have not served. The increased risk isn’t connected with any type of service, a branch of service, combat experience, or location of service. Researchers have not yet been able to determine what aspect of service causes the increased risk.
- Exposure to toxins. Studies have suggested links between ALS and exposure to some toxins, including lead, but a definite link between the disease and anyone toxin has not yet been established.
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