Medical conditions can rob you of your balance

Published: August, 2006

BOSTON, MA – Balance tends to erode with age, which can lead to falls. For older people, falls are the leading cause of death from injury and a major cause of disability. Even if a fall doesn't cause severe damage, it increases the chances of another fall. Yet falls aren't an inevitable consequence of growing older. It's possible to regain equilibrium and compensate for permanent balance deficits, reports the August issue of the Harvard Health Letter.

Conflicting reports from our eyes, ears, and central nervous system can affect our balance. But balance can also suffer from such disorders as these:

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