Healthy Living

Living Life to the Fullest with Muscular Dystrophy

About Muscular Dystrophy

In muscular dystrophy the genes that contain the information that the cells need to make a protein which controls the functions of the muscles have a problem where they’re unable to either create the protein, don’t make enough of the protein or make mutated unusable forms of the protein. For instance those with Becker and Duchenne muscular dystrophy don’t make enough of the protein dystrophin which allows muscles to be strong and protects them from injury.

It’s a progressive disease and has no cure, and the outcome for most is generally the same. Most that are diagnosed with MD will end up in a wheelchair at some point in their lives. This isn’t a death sentence however, with the right therapies, support and some adaptations to cater to the needs of the disease,  many are able to do. While it may be tempting to think of the things that MD patients miss out on because of the difficulties associated with the disease, many people with the disease manage to not only live ordinary lives, but extraordinary ones.