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Elderly care information: Huntington’s disease and diet

April, 2013

Earlier in the month our elderly care advice focused on Huntington’s Disease, a hereditary disorder which affects the central nervous system. Over the next couple of days we’re going to look at one of the important areas HD sufferers have to monitor, their diet.

People with Huntington’s disease can find it difficult to maintain their body weight, or find themselves underweight. People who are very underweight are more prone to infection, have slower wound healing and progressive muscle wasting and lethargy. Therefore people with Huntington’s disease usually need a much higher calorie intake than normal.

Advice for the elderly is they do not have to eat large meals; small frequent snacks, high in calories (little and often) can be just as helpful. Do not let them drink large amounts of fluids with meals as these will make them feel full quickly but do try to encourage them to drink plenty of fluids in between meals.

Join us on later today as we run through some of the best ingredients to bulk up those calories and help HD sufferers maintain a healthier life.

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