Huntington’s disease (adult-onset and juvenile) is an incurable, inherited brain disorder that causes the destruction of nerve cells in the brain. According to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, more than 30,000 Americans have Huntington’s disease. This progressive brain disorder impacts the way a person can function, both mentally and physically. Huntington’s disease often brings on issues with involuntary movements, thinking ability, and emotional health.
The majority of people with adult-onset HD will begin to experience symptoms in their thirties or forties, once the defective gene that causes the disease becomes active and begins to destroy brain cells in the body’s central nervous system. Symptoms such as irritability, poor coordination, small involuntary movements depression, difficulty with making decisions, or trouble learning new information are known to be common early signs of this disease. These symptoms will become more severe as the disease progresses.
Juvenile Huntington’s disease is less common and starts to develop before the age of twenty. Much like adult-onset Huntington’s disease, the symptoms affect a person’s cognitive, behavioral, and physical wellness. Unfortunately, individuals with juvenile Huntington’s disease only have a 10 to 15-year survival rate from the time symptoms begin.
Unfortunately, there is no cure for the disease, which is why at the Eustache Institute we focus heavily on managing the symptoms of HD with Hyperbaric Oxygen therapy which has swiftly become a solution for helping sufferers of neurological disorders and aiding their neurological function and abilities. Through the use of HBOT, the brain of a patient suffering from a neurodegenerative condition, such as Huntington’s disease, is provided with higher levels of oxygen in a pressurized environment to help recover and repair brain tissue damage. The improved levels of oxygen sent to the brain from HBOT treatments also help to improve brain cell creation, enhance cognitive functions, and strengthen a patient’s memory and mental performance. Therefore with HBOT treating the symptoms of the disease and providing for a better quality of life.
If you have a parent who has the disease, please get tested as soon as possible. Children with parents who have the disease have a 50% chance of developing Huntington’s.
Dr. Elena Eustache is a specialist in Neurofeedback Therapy, with a Ph.D. in Psychology and Cognitive Behavior Therapy. Dr. Elena Eustache helps her patients reach their full potential so that they can live the life they have always dreamed. You can read more about neurofeedback and hyperbaric oxygen therapy by visiting her blog, visiting her website and by following her on Instagram and Facebook.