Huntington’s disease could be managed through dieting

Huntington's diseased brain
a healthy brain and the diseased brain

Huntington’s disease are likely to enjoy better life as recent research has proven that certain eating routine can help one manage its symptoms better. The study has shown that restricting food intake to a specific time period each day could benefit people living with Huntington’s disease.

Huntington’s disease which is an incurable, hereditary brain disorder is usually charactererised by early symptoms such mood swings, clumsiness, and unusual behavior. The incurable disease at present can only be monitored using medications such as tetrabenazine to manage the symptoms.

The study carried out by Dagmar Ehrnhoefer who worked in the Centre for Molecular Medicine and Therapeutics at the University of British Columbia (UBC) in Canada at the time and her team of researchers after experimenting on mouse models with the disease discovered that strict eating schedule — which involved restricting the rodents’ food access to a 6-hour window each day — led to significant reductions in the levels of a mutant protein known to play a role in Huntington’s disease.

At the present this disease is estimated to affect more than 30,000 people in the United States. The onset of the disease most commonly occurs between the ages of 30 and 50.

This new research will help Doctors and patients of Huntington’s disease to manage the condition better.

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