Diet & Exercise

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and other researchers have been looking at the health of people with epilepsy and found some startling numbers. These studies looked at people with “active epilepsy” – defined as taking seizure medication for epilepsy or having a seizure within the past year– compared to people with a history of epilepsy or no epilepsy

Adults with active epilepsy are 

Children with epilepsy have more problems with
  • Self-care
  • Movement and using their hands
  • Learning
  • Communication
  • Behavior
This section stresses the importance of looking at our overall health and wellness, in addition to how seizures and epilepsy affects us. A key part of managing seizures is staying healthy or getting as healthy as we can. It also means looking at how our health affects our seizures. 
  • Other illnesses or treatments for other health conditions can make a person more likely to have a seizure. Paying attention to these seizure triggers is an important part of seizure management. 
  • Other illnesses can affect a person’s safety or make them at greater risk of injury from falls with seizures. Assessing your overall health should be part of knowing one’s risks and developing safety plans.

Authored By:

Patty Obsorne Shafer RN, MN

on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Reviewed By:

Joseph I. Sirven MD

on Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Resources

Epilepsy Centers

Epilepsy centers provide you with a team of specialists to help you diagnose your epilepsy and explore treatment options.

Epilepsy Medication

Find in-depth information on anti-seizure medications so you know what to ask your doctor.

Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline

Call our Epilepsy and Seizures 24/7 Helpline and talk with an epilepsy information specialist or submit a question online.

Tools & Forms

Download our seizure tracking app, print out seizure action plans, or explore other educational materials.

Find an Epilepsy Specialist

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