These are the facts about Huntington’s Disease:
- HD is an inherited progressive neuropsychiatric disorder.
- It affects control of movement, cognitive abilities, mood and behavior.
- The disease can strike at any age, with peak age of onset from 35-45 years of age.
- Each child of an HD-affected parent has a 50% chance of developing the disease, and men and women are affected equally.
- Presently, there is no treatment to halt or slow down progression.
- Complications and progressive disease typically result in death 15-25 years after onset of the motor signs of the disease.
- Huntington’s Disease takes its toll on families, because of occupational, financial, social and emotional consequences that span generations.