On International Epilepsy Day this Monday, experts drew attention to a concerning issue affecting nearly 1.5 million women of reproductive age in India: epilepsy. This neurological disorder, characterized by recurrent seizures, is a significant concern globally, with an estimated 50 million individuals affected worldwide. In India alone, 10-12 million people grapple with epilepsy, making it a critical public health issue.
One major challenge faced by women with epilepsy is the social stigma surrounding the condition, which often prevents them from seeking medical help. This reluctance, combined with concerns about reproductive health
Dr. Siby Gopinath, an Epileptologist and Professor of Neurology at Amrita Hospital in Kochi, highlighted the significant treatment gap in managing epilepsy, particularly in low-resource settings like rural India
Understanding the various causes of epilepsy, such as structural brain changes and metabolic disturbances, is essential for effective management. Factors like neuroinfections, head trauma, and metabolic abnormalities significantly contribute to the burden of epilepsy, especially among women of reproductive age.
Treatment options range from medication to surgical interventions, brain-stimulating therapies, and dietary modifications like ketogenic diets. However, challenges such as drug resistance highlight the need for alternative therapies and personalized medicine approaches tailored to individual patients.
Tragically, individuals with epilepsy face an increased risk of premature death, with life
International Epilepsy Day 2024
International Epilepsy Day, observed annually on February 12, aims to raise awareness and promote timely intervention for people living with epilepsy. By addressing the unique challenges faced by women of reproductive age and implementing tailored care strategies, we can work towards improving the quality of life for individuals affected by this condition in India and around the world.