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Huntington's Disease Prevention

Preventing Huntington's Disease

Huntington's disease cannot be prevented, but you can avoid passing it onto your children. If the disease runs in your family, you may want to meet with a genetic counselor before starting a family.[3] A blood test can determine whether you carry the gene for the disease. If you do have the gene, each of your children will have a 50 percent chance of inheriting the gene and developing Huntington's disease. If you have the gene, you may want to think about adoption or forms of assisted reproduction. In assisted reproduction, fertilized eggs that contain the faulty gene are not implanted in the uterus to develop.

Some testing on mice has also suggested exercise may delay the onset of some symptoms, although this has not been confirmed in humans.[8]

Publish Date: 
Sunday, August 1, 2010