Who Gets ALS?

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Many things about dementia (FTD),” an uncommon form of dementia. Some researchers think that ALS and some forms of FTD are related.

SOD1 gene: Mutations on this gene appear in about 20% of familial cases and 1% to 5% of sporadic ones. It’s unclear how the mutations lead to ALS. Research has found that the physical activity needed to serve. Those who were in the Gulf War are more likely to get ALS compared with other veterans.

Intense activity: The most famous person to have ALS was Lou Gehrig, the baseball player who died from it. Studies have shown a higher chance among athletes, who are very active. But the studies have been small, so it’s too early to say that being an athlete means you have a greater chance of getting the condition.

Your work: Several lines of work — including sports, cockpit, construction, farm, hairdressing, lab, veterinary, and welding, among many others — have been reported to carry a higher chance of ALS. These jobs often involve some kind of contact with pesticides, metals, and chemicals. But the common, underlying risk has not been found.

Where you live: Clusters of ALS cases have been reported on the Pacific island of Guam and in the Kii Peninsula in Japan, which have rates 50 to 100 times higher than other parts of the world. Such clusters have also been reported in South Dakota and Italy.