Huntington's disease


Huntington’s disease is a genetic disorder affecting the central nervous system and which causes the progressive degeneration of brain cells. This leads to the degeneration of motor skills and cognitive abilities, as well as behavioral difficulties. This is a rare disease, affecting a mere 7 to 10 people in 100,000, and affecting men and women in equal measure. The therapy involves treating the symptoms of the disease.

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    Cause & Symptoms
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    Everyday life

Everyday life

It is important for both the patient and family members, friends and colleagues at work to take the time to develop strategies on how to handle future conflicts as soon as possible.

Social support is essential for the patient and the family. It is in the best interest of the Huntington’s disease patient to remain in their working environment for as long as possible. During the later stages of the disease, efforts should be made to establish a structured, daily routine.

It is also very important that the Huntington’s disease patient has the correct diet. These patients have an increased metabolic rate. Any weight loss should be avoided. Indeed, being slightly overweight actually has a positive influence on the prognosis.

Self-help groups can provide assistance for patients and family members to cope with daily life.