Factors that can lead to a higher risk for developing epilepsy include:
Epilepsy can occur at any age however the condition’s onset is most common in young children and individuals over age 65.
Men are slightly more at risk than
Family History or Seizures During Childhood
A family history of epilepsy may increase your risk of developing the disorder.
A head injury can lead to
epilepsy. To reduce your
risk, practice safety. Always wear a seat belt in a car and remember a helmet
when bike riding, skiing, riding a motorcycle, or taking part in other
Stroke and Other Vascular Diseases
of potential brain damage includes limiting your intake of alcohol, not
smoking, eating a healthy diet, and exercising.
Infections of the brain can cause inflammation in the brain or spinal cord, which in turn can lead to a foci of brain tissue that is prone to seizure.
Medically Reviewed by: Jennifer Monti, MD
Published: Jul 20, 2011
Published By: Healthline Networks, Inc.