It’s World Epilipsy awareness month. Every year, 1 in 150 people who have uncontrolled seizures dies from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy, known as SUDEP:
When people with epilepsy and their caregivers are empowered with information to understand SUDEP, they can take action to reduce the risk of harm. Epilepsy is a disease with a wide spectrum of severity. Three and a half million Americans, 470,000 of them children, have epilepsy. For some, it has minimal impact on daily life, but for more than a million people, many with seizures that cannot be controlled with existing treatments, epilepsy can have significant lifelong impact on the ability to live independently and even on life expectancy. Epilepsy impacts 43% more people than Parkinson’s, Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Cerebral Palsy combined.
People living with epilepsy can start to #AimForZero seizures with these behaviors:
- Take medication as prescribed
- Get enough sleep
- Limit alcohol
- Strive to stop seizures
Check out www.epilepsy.com for more information on what you can do to be apart of the solution!
#NEAM2017 #MyShotAtEpilepsy #KhanyisaCentre #ChangeTheFuture