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Improving General Health in People with Epilepsy

Study reveals health behaviors of concern in patients with epilepsy



Researchers found that people with epilepsy are less likely to get the recommended amount of sleep or levels of physical activity compared with patients without epilepsy. The study examined data from the 2010 cross-sectional National Health Interview Survey and found that 22% of adults with active epilepsy smoked and only 35% with active epilepsy met the recommended physical activity guidelines. In addition, only half of patients with active epilepsy slept the recommended 7 or 8 hours each day.

Cui W, Zack MM, Kobau R, Helmers SL. Health behaviors among people with epilepsy—results from the 2010 National Health Interview Survey. Epilepsy Behav. 2015;44C:121-126.

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