What does “healthy living” mean to you?
People think of different things when they hear the term “healthy living.” Many people with epilepsy report good health despite their seizures. Others find that seizures affect their overall health in a number of ways. For example,
- Seizures could lead to injuries and accidents, such as broken bones, head trauma, or pneumonia.
- Some side effects of seizure medications can affect thinking, mood, bone health, or other body systems.
- Other conditions associated with epilepsy can cause more problems than the seizures.
How “healthy” are people living with epilepsy?
- More likely to have unhealthy behaviors, such as smoking cigarettes, being less active, and sleeping less than people without epilepsy.
- More likely to have other chronic health problems and report poor health
- More likely to report problems affecting their mood or emotional health, thinking or cognition, and ability to work
- More likely to report unhealthy days if they have had 1 or more seizures in the past 3 months
- Movement and using their hands
How does your overall health impact your seizure control?
- 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.
Help with Healthy Living is Here
The Epilepsy Foundation’s Wellness Institute wants to raise awareness about the importance of healthy living for your overall wellness, as well as improving seizure control. Getting or keeping healthy is part of self-management or taking care of yourself.
This section addresses key components of wellness that are similar across many chronic health problems. The areas of diet and nutrition, fitness and exercise, sleep, stress, and emotional health are highlighted to help you take action for your health.