Mediterranean diet not linked to Huntington disease

Adhering to a Mediterranean diet is not linked with the clinical onset of Huntington disease.
This is according to new research led by Dr Karen Marder of Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons in New York. 
Huntington disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to muscle wasting and other problems and is incurable.
Dr Marder and her colleagues conducted a study of 41 Huntington study group sites that involved some 1,001 participants between July 1999 and January 2004 – following them up every nine months until the start of 2010.
Each of the subjects was asked about their diets and it was found that those with those with a healthy diet, rich in vegetables and olive oil were not any more or less likely to develop the disease than others.
It was, however, discovered that those with higher dairy consumption and caloric intake were at risk of being diagnosed with Huntington disease.
The study’s conclusion reads: “Our results suggest that studies of diet and energy expenditure in premanifest Huntington disease may provide data for both nonpharmacological interventions and pharmacological interventions.”

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