- HD is a neurodegenerative disease. It’s a fatal genetic disorder that causes the progressive breakdown of nerve cells in the brain. Examples of neurodegenerative diseases include Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, and Huntington’s disease.
- Symptoms usually appear between the ages of 30 to 50, and worsen over a 10 to 25-year period. Ultimately, the weakened individual succumbs to pneumonia, heart failure or other complications.
- HD is known as the quintessential family disease because every child of a parent with HD has a 50/50 chance of inheriting the faulty gene.
- HD devastates families for generations since it is genetic.
- HD financially cripples families. The average length of survival after clinical diagnosis is typically 10-20 years, but some people have lived thirty or forty years. Late stage HD may last up to a decade or more.
- 16% of all HD cases are children with Juvenile Huntington’s disease.
- There is NO CURE.
For more information on Huntington’s disease, go to: Huntington’s Disease Society of America
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