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What is muscular dystrophy?

December 7, 2021

From the Medical News Today website

Muscular dystrophy (MD) is a group of over 30 genetic diseases causing progressive weakness and loss of muscle mass. Although there is no cure, medication and physical therapy can reduce symptoms and slow the condition’s progression.

Genetic changes cause MD. These mutations change how the body produces and maintains healthy muscle tissue.

MD is more prevalent in males than females. The most common form, Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD), affects approximately 1 in 3,500 male births. Although it typically affects young children, other variations can appear in adulthood.

Currently, there is no cure for MD. Physical therapy and certain medications can slow its progression and improve a person’s quality of life. Researchers are working on developing gene therapies that may provide hope for people with certain types of MD.

Read more to learn about the different types of MD, what causes it, and how people can manage it.

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