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Huntington’s Disease: Quality of Life and Diet

  • Glenn R. Marland
  • Colin R. Martin
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Abstract

Huntington’s disease is currently incurable; death occurs around 20 years from symptom onset, so attempts to understand and promote quality of life are essential. Meeting dietary needs is a constant challenge for carers and health workers and is inextricably connected to any consideration of quality of life. As Huntington’s disease is a progressive degenerative condition, its presentation and subsequent challenges change throughout its course but may be illustrated in early middle and late stages.

Keywords

Percutaneous Endoscopic Gastrostomy Autosomal Dominant Gene Unintended Weight Loss Adequate Calorific Intake Disease Collaborative Research Group 
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Abbreviations

BMI

Body Mass Index

CAG

Cytosine, adenine, and guanine

DVLA

Driver Vehicle Licensing Authority

EHDI

European Huntington’s Disease Initiative

HD

Huntington’s disease

HDA

Huntington’s disease Association

HDQoL-C

Huntington’s disease Quality of Life Battery for Carers

PEG

Percutaneous endoscopic gastrostomy feeding

QoL

Quality of life

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.School of Health, Nursing and MidwiferyUniversity of the West of ScotlandDumfriesUK

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