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Famous People Who Have or Had ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease

  • Synopsis: Published: 2017-11-10 (Revised/Updated 2017-11-16) - A list of famous and well known people with or had ALS or Lou Gehrigs Disease one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide. For further information pertaining to this article contact: Ian Langtree at Disabled World.

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ALS is one of the most common neuromuscular diseases worldwide, and people of all races and ethnic backgrounds are affected.

Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, sometimes called Lou Gehrig's Disease, or Maladie de Charcot) is a progressive, usually fatal, neurodegenerative disease caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. Between 1 to 2 people per 100,000 develop Lou Gehrig's Disease each year. ALS most commonly strikes people between 40 and 60 years of age, but younger and older people can also develop the disease.

Scientists have not found a definitive cause for Lou Gehrig's Disease but the onset of the disease can be linked to a variety of risk factors. It is believed that one or more of the following factors are responsible for the majority of Lou Gehrig's Disease cases. Researchers suspect a virus, exposure to neurotoxins or heavy metals, DNA defects, immune system abnormalities, and enzyme abnormalities as the leading causes of the disease.

Lou Gehrig's Disease Symptoms:

The onset of ALS may be so subtle that the symptoms are frequently overlooked. The earliest symptoms of Lou Gehrig's Disease may include twitching, cramping, or stiffness of muscles; muscle weakness affecting an arm or a leg, and/or slurred and nasal speech. Eventually, ALS weakens muscles, including muscles used for breathing, until they become paralyzed. Males are affected slightly more often than women.

Famous People Who Had or Have Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS)

  • Augie Nieto
  • Charles Mingus
  • Chris Pendergast
  • Dan Toler
  • David Niven
  • Dennis Day
  • Dieter Dengler
  • Don Revie
  • Fokko du Cloux
  • Hans Keller
  • Jacob Javits
  • James Augustus "Catfish" Hunter
  • Jason Becker
  • Lane Smith
  • Lead Belly - Huddie William Ledbetter
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Mao Zedong
  • Michael Zaslow
  • Mike Porcaro
  • Morrie Schwartz
  • Professor Stephen Hawking
  • Stanley Sadie
  • Stephen Michael "Steve" Gleason

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