Since it is nearing the end of National Epilepsy Awareness Month, I thought I would give you guys some statistics about the prevalence of Epilepsy. Epilepsy is one of the few medical conditions that is underfunded and it is important to bring more awareness into the community about this. Epilepsy can strike anyone at any age and it is more common than what you think. Here are a few statistics that I found about Epilepsy.
*According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Epilepsy affects 2.2 million Americans.
*Epilepsy affects 65 million people worldwide.
*Epilepsy is the fourth most common neurological disorder in the U.S. after migraines, stroke, and Alzheimer’s Disease.
*The prevalence of Epilepsy is greater than the Autism Spectrum Disorder, Cerebral Palsy, Multiple Sclerosis, and Parkinson’s Disease combined.
*Epilepsy is among the least understood of the major chronic medical conditions, even though one in three adults know someone with the disorder.
*In the U.S., it affects more than 300,000 children under the age of fifteen. More than 90,000 children seizures are not adequately treated.
*More than 570,000 adults age sixty five and above have the condition.
*The returning veterans are more likely to develop Epilepsy after a traumatic brain injury.
*One in twenty six Americans will develop Epilepsy in their lifetime.
*An estimated 3 million Americans and 65 million people worldwide currently live with Epilepsy.
*Each year at least 200,000 people are diagnosed with Epilepsy.
*In two thirds of patients diagnosed with Epilepsy, the cause is unknown.
*Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) accounts for 34% of all sudden deaths in children.
*It is estimated that up to 50,000 deaths occur annually in the U.S. from status epilepticus (prolonged seizures), Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy, and other seizure- related causes such as drowning and other accidents.
*Epilepsy receives fewer federal dollars per patient than other medical conditions in the world.
Help us spread awareness about Epilepsy and find a cure in order to save other people’sp lives who are affected the most by it.
I hope you all enjoy the rest of National Epilepsy Awareness Month.
Be proud. Be fearless. Be strong.