Huntington’s disease (HD) is a neurodegenerative disease that results in the progressive breakdown of the brain’s nerve cells. As HD destroys nerve cells, it deteriorates a person’s physical and mental capabilities. The more the huntingtin or HTT gene sequence repeats in an individual’s genetic code the more present the disorder. Generally, those with Huntington’s disease develop symptoms between 30 and 40 years of age.
There is currently no cure for Huntington’s disease. However, medications can significantly lessen movement and psychiatric disorders caused by HD.