New study links use of ACE inhibitors with lower risk of developing ALS

November 11, 2014 9:22 PM

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ACE inhibitors, which are used for treating heart failure and cases of high blood pressure, might also help prevent amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also called ALS or Lou Gehrig’s disease, revel the findings of s study carried out on the entire adult population of Taiwan diagnosed with the disorder. ALS is a progressive nervous system disease in which patients lose control over their voluntary muscle functions gradually. It might lead to paralysis later, since there is no known cure for it.

By age 70, between 1 in 400 and 1 in 1,000 people will develop ALS, according to Dr. Lin and colleagues. The ALS Association reports that around 5,600 people in the US are diagnosed with ALS each year. A majority of those diagnosed with the disorder die within three to five years of diagnosis.

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