LANSING, Mich. — A resolution was adopted on Tuesday commemorating the month of October as Dysautonomia Awareness Month.
“Even though more than 70 million people worldwide live with some form of dysautonomia, most people have no idea what it is,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “Dysautonomia is a serious neurological system disease that has a tremendous impact on the lives of those with the medical condition and their families. This awareness month is an effort to change the narrative and help improve the lives of millions of people.”
Dysautonomia is an umbrella medical term utilized for a group of complex conditions that are caused by a dysfunction of the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The ANS regulates all of the unconscious functions of the body, including the cardiovascular, gastrointestinal, metabolic and endocrine systems.
Zorn’s resolution states that dysautonomia can occur secondary to other medical conditions, such as diabetes, arthritis, and Parkinson’s disease. Certain forms of dysautonomia include side effects, such as frequent fainting, dizziness, shortness of breath and difficulty eating and sleeping, and can sometimes lead to death.
“Dysautonomia Awareness Month is an opportunity for us to help raise understanding of a condition that disables residents of every age, gender and race from performing the most basic functions,” Zorn said. “Each morning can bring new and unexpected challenges for those with dysautonomia. It is also a chance to encourage people to contribute to finding a cure.”
For more information about dysautonomia or to donate to help raise awareness and find a cure, residents can visit the Dysautonomia Information Network website at www.dinet.org or the Dysautonomia International site at www.dysautonomiainternational.org.