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People with epilepsy live shorter lives: On average, people with epilepsy live 10-12 years shorter than people who do not have the disease

People with epilepsy live on average 10-12 years shorter than those who do not have the disease. The high mortality rate is particularly evident in people with epilepsy and mental disorders. This is shown by research from Aarhus University.

50,000 Danes live with epilepsy, one of the most frequent neurological diseases. Now new research shows that people with epilepsy die much earlier than people without – on average they live 10-12 years less.

“Significantly shorter life expectancy is found in people who develop epilepsy as a result of an underlying condition such as brain cancer or stroke, and in those who develop epilepsy without a clear underlying cause,” explains Julie Werenberg Dreyer, Joe is a senior researcher at the National Center for Register-Based Research at Aarhus University and one of the researchers behind the study.

Wide range of causes of death

The average reduction in life expectancy was 12 years for men with epilepsy and 11 years for women. The excessive mortality is particularly pronounced in people with epilepsy and mental disorders, where life expectancy was reduced to an average of 16 years.

Jacob says, “We found that the reduced life expectancy for people with epilepsy was related to a wide range of causes of death, including not only neurological, but also heart disease, mental disorders, alcohol-related conditions, accidents, and suicide. ” Christensen. He is a clinical associate professor at Aarhus University and a consultant in the Department of Neurology at Aarhus University Hospital, and one of the researchers behind the study.

It was possible to conduct the study using Danish healthcare registers to follow nearly six million Danes, which included more than 130,000 people with epilepsy.

“The large study has enabled a detailed analysis of a range of different causes of death and, for the first time, we are able to estimate the number of years lost due to individual causes of death in people with epilepsy. This is important information.” Because it can be used to target preventive efforts to reduce the mortality rate we currently see in people with epilepsy,” says Julie Verenberg Dreyer.

need to reduce mortality

The results have just been published in the scientific journal Brain,

According to the researchers, mortality among people with epilepsy is due to a wide range of different conditions that cut across almost all medical specialties. Hence there is a need for a collective effort to reduce the mortality rate.

“The alarming results provide important knowledge for all health care professionals who, in one way or another, come into contact with people with epilepsy – even when prioritizing and allocating resources in the health care system. The results clearly show how severe the disease epilepsy can be, and the study’s findings should be used in prioritizing and planning preventive measures,” says Jacob Christensen and stresses that the results confirm trends that are somewhat smaller. Studies have shown that there is an estimated reduction in life expectancy in people with . Epilepsy.

“Additional research should be done after the study, for example on how medical treatment and recurrent seizures affect life expectancy.”

The study is funded by the Novo Nordisk Foundation, the Danish Epilepsy Association and the Central Denmark Region.

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material provided by Aarhus University, Originally written by Hayley Horskjr Hansen. Note: Content can be edited for style and length.

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