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Can post-polio syndrome (PPS) be prevented?

Dr. Jeanne Morrison, PhD
Family Practitioner

Presently, no intervention has been found to stop the deterioration of surviving neurons in post-polio syndrome (PPS). But physicians recommend that polio survivors get the proper amount of sleep, maintain a well-balanced diet, avoid unhealthy habits such as smoking and overeating, and follow an exercise program. Proper lifestyle changes, the use of assistive devices, and the use of certain anti-inflammatory medications may help reduce some of the symptoms of PPS.

This answer is based on source information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

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