Treatment for HD

huntingtons-disease; treatment

*It is important to discuss all treatment options with your doctor and other health professionals. The below advice is general and should not be taken as direct health advice.*

Since the discovery of the mutated gene in 1993, researchers across the globe have been working to find an effective treatment and a cure for Huntington’s disease. Although a cure has not yet been found, there are medications available and lifestyle changes you can make to help delay the onset and progression of symptoms.

Delaying & Treating Symptoms

Keeping fit and active is scientifically proven to help your brain stay healthy, so the more physical activity you can do, the healthier your body and brain will be. Eating well is also vital to keeping both the brain and body healthy. Just by eating right and exercising regularly, you can help to delay the onset or progression of symptoms. Keeping your brain active may also help, so do lots of puzzles like Sudoku.

There may be medications your doctor can prescribe to assist with chorea – discuss this with them to see what may work for you. Your doctor can also help you if you are experiencing depression or anxiety. These may be a symptom of HD, or they may be a separate illness, but they can be treatable, so make sure you discuss it with your doctor.

Palliative Care

Although a difficult topic, quality palliative care is vital to ensure comfort and quality of life. Palliative care improves quality of life for those with life-threatening illness through the prevention and reduction of pain and other physical, psychological and spiritual problems. The Centre for Palliative Care Research and Education (CPCRE) is a consortium of organisations working with other agencies to provide high-quality care to people with life-limiting illness.