Those with epilepsy can live a life similar to those without the condition. Of course, there are exceptions to the rule, lowering the life expectancy of certain individuals. If someone with epilepsy isn’t managing their condition well, their lifespan may be shortened significantly.
There are also accidents related to seizures, which can’t always be helped, resulting in death. Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy (SUDEP) is a rare complication causing death with no known cause or related condition. Of course, these issues are uncommon, so likely won’t alter most individuals’ life expectancy.
Those with epilepsy may also have other health issues, such as cancer, liver disease, cardiovascular disease, or dementia. Individuals with such conditions have a higher risk of seizures. Their lifespan is often shorter due to complications related to their epilepsy, though death is rarely caused by the disease.
On the other hand, those with manageable conditions and no underlying health issues have a higher life expectancy. Early diagnosis, following doctor’s instructions, and taking care to avoid risks are essential to reach your golden years.