The Link Between Dairy Foods and Huntington’s Disease

Low-fat_dairy_foodA study investigating the relationship between the types of food consumed and Huntington’s disease symptom onset led to unexpected findings that people who experienced the symptoms at an earlier stage tended to eat high amounts of dairy products. Some of the details related to the study will be presented below. First of all, it is essential to keep in mind that unhealthy foods such as those with high levels of unsaturated fat can have a great impact on our health. They increase the risk of medical conditions such as cancer and heart disease. Diets rich in saturated fats on the other hand have a positive impact on health. Such foods include fruits, fish, and vegetables.

The Mediterranean diet is an example of a healthy diet. People who consume this kind of diet have low chances of developing Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease. Studies have shown that one of the changes brought about by Huntington’s disease is alteration of the cells’ energy consumption. They can also cause people to lose weight. The PHAROS study recently published an article in JAMA Neurology journal and in the article; the link between diet and Huntington’s disease symptom onset was examined. The PHAROS study had a total of 1001 participants and was conducted across forty-three medical centers in America. One of the key aims of the study was to determine if consumption of a Mediterranean diet delayed onset of Huntington’s disease. The research findings showed that consumption of high amounts of dairy food products such as yogurts, cheese, and milk increased the likelihood of developing Huntington’s disease. A possible explanation is that consumption of dairy products leads to low levels of uric acid in the blood. Studies have shown a possible connection between low levels of uric acid and faster progression of Huntington’s disease.