Dysphagia means difficulty in swallowing. According to A Physician's Guide to the Management of Huntington's Disease dysphagia in Huntington's Disease appears to result from "difficulty with closing the mouth and chewing, mucus formation, choking on liquids, food gulping, difficulty with coordinating the sequence of swallowing, difficulty clearing the mouth of excess food after each swallow, and the unexpected inspiration of air."
A new pamphlet entitled Huntington's Disease, published in 1996 by the Huntington's Disease Society of America, says on p. 17, "Nutrition is important in everyone's life, but takes on added significance in HD. People with HD require an unusually high number of calories to maintain their body weight. Maintaining, or even gaining, weight can help reduce involuntary movements and other symptoms, particularly in the later stages of HD."
For this reason, we are trying to gather together cookbooks, recipes, ideas for finger foods, etc. for people with Huntington's Disease. We welcome suggestions from anyone who has experience with Huntington's Disease or with dysphagia. Send your suggestions to Renette Davis by clicking here.
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Last updated: Aug. 13, 2011