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Running with Epilepsy

Epileptics must balance the benefits of running against the risk of a seizure on a busy street. Whether the trade-off is a safe one depends on the severity of the condition. Epileptics who control seizures with medication (about 40 percent to 50 percent of epileptics) can slowly phase in a running program, says Runner's World, but to avoid accidents, they should stick to trails and relatively traffic-free areas, and, if possible, run with friends. One study shows that running may not only be possible but can also be beneficial for epileptics. Scandinavian researchers say that epileptics in top physical condition are less likely to have seizures.