With the summer in full swing, outdoor activities are a top priority - including swimming. However, if you have epilepsy
, you should be aware of a potential hazard that lurks when participating in water sports - drowning. In fact, a recent study
suggests that people with epilepsy had a risk of drowning that was 15 times higher than the general population. Although this risk was highest in people who had learning disabilities or were institutionalized, everyone with epilepsy - especially those who do not have their seizures under full control - should be careful when swimming.
Having epilepsy doesn't mean that you cannot participate in water activities, but you should be very careful when in the water. Always swim with someone, or attend pools with supervision just in case you experience a seizure while swimming - it could save your life.