Arches. Photo by Daniel Chia
Aug
17
2011

Managing HD

Though people with the HD allele will eventually show symptoms, there are many lifestyle choices that can make the disease easier to manage. People with HD can engage in many activities – such as physical therapy and exercise – that help them deal with symptoms. Also, scientists have recognized that genes only tell part of the story, as described here. There is great variability in age of onset and progression of disease, only about 40% of which can be explained by the number of CAG repeats – and lifestyle choices might account for some of that variability. So while no one can choose their own genes, people at risk for HD can choose a healthy lifestyle.