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What kind of natural remedies can I take or things can I do to stave off HD

July 24, 2013

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What kind of natural remedies can I take or things can I do to stave off HD

Q. Hi there everyone I was wondering if I could get some advise on natural remedies and things I can do to stave off Huntingtons. 5 days ago I tested positive and I want to know what I should be doing in terms if foods and supplements, exercise and brain activity. Because I refuse to sit back and do nothing!! Are there any journal articles that you have found interesting or could you lead me to the right place to find them? This is the first time I have ever written something on the Internet. But u guess this is the best place to start. By the way this website is fantastic! Thanks heaps another HD sufferer.

Francis, young adult, Australia

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A. Dear Frances,

This is a commonly asked question. At the present there are no natural remedies that are known to delay the onset of HD. However, there are things you can do to help yourself.

As you probably know, the size of the CAG repeat influences the age of onset of HD. In general, the bigger the CAG repeat number the earlier the age of onset. However, the CAG repeat length does not fully explain the age of onset. That is, there must be other factors. These are poorly understood but probably include non-HD genes and life style.

In experimental mice with the HD gene, the age of onset of HD is delayed when the mouse is able to be physically (and probably) mentally active. Brain cells in the active HD mice look healthier than in inactive HD mice. There is one scientific study in human HD which also suggests that physical activity might delay the onset of disease. Regular exercise is also very important in protecting you from all sorts of other serious illnesses such as diabetes, stroke & heart attacks. I recommend to my young patients with the gene that they exercise 3 or so times a week for about 20-30 minutes a time & enough to get short of breath.

No one has ever looked at the role of diet in when HD symptoms first appear. Despite the lack of evidence, I’d recommend that you have a healthy well balanced diet (which will ask be good for your health in general). Supplements & natural health remedies are OK to try, but remember that there is no evidence that they help. On that basis, I generally recommend that it is OK to take them provided they are not too expensive,

All the best,

Andrew Churchyard