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Huntington’s Disease: Facts and Information

Huntington’s Disease is an unfortunate disease. There are many symptoms and signs to identify Huntington’s Disease. It can be very devistating and hard to detect.

How can you get Huntington’s Disease?

Huntington’s Disease is a genetically transmitted disease. This means that it is inherited from your biological parents. It is not contagious and cannot be received from someone else, other than from your parents when you’re born. It is caused by a defect in a gene. You need just one copy of the gene to get the disorder. There is a 50% of inheriting a defective gene if your parent has Huntington’s Disease.

Common Symptoms of Huntington’s Disease

  • Impaired balance/posture
  • Abnormal movement of the eyes
  • Difficulty with starting tasks
  • Clumsiness/accidents
  • Slowing down of the thought process
  • Fatigue
  • Feeling unhappy
  • Withdrawal from social life
  • Bipolar disorder
  • Obsessive-compulsive disorder
  • Depression
  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Learning difficulty
  • Inability to swallow properly
  • Trouble with speaking
  • Rigid muscles
  • Jerking movements

Life Interruptions

Besides the common symptoms, it can interrupt your life greatly. Once the disease takes over, you may sadly only have anywhere between 10-30 years before death.

How is it fatal?

The disease eventually causes you to die because of several reasons. Some infections or illness may take over while you are weak, such as pneumonia. Other reports show that many have died due to falling or because of their inability to swallow.

Testing

There are tons of tests you can take to check and see if you have Huntington’s Disease. It is sometimes very hard to detect, especially before it attacks. These tests monitor different things, including your reflexes, brain, strength, etc.

Help/Treatment

You can do several things to help fight your disease. You can participate in anything from different types of therapy to help/support facilities.

How do I prevent Huntington’s Disease?

You can talk with a genetic counselor to seek advice and help. If you have a history of Huntington’s Disease in your family, you should consider talking with a genetic counselor. They will explain everything to you and weigh out your options for you. You can also try a fertilization of your egg and sperm in a lab. This is a bit more complicated, but can result in a healthy, Huntington’s Disease free child.

Advice

Make sure you don’t give up if you’re infected or know someone who is infected with Huntington’s Disease. Also, don’t resort to suicide. There are people out there who want to help!

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