Posted on April 15, 2019
Did you know that muscular dystrophy is not a disease in and of itself but instead an umbrella term for a group of muscular disorders? This group of diseases causes muscles to get progressively weaker and muscle tissue to deteriorate. There are many different kinds of MD, and how and when these diseases develop vary widely. Many individuals living with MD have seen the benefits of personal cell therapy from Park Avenue Stem Cell for their condition.
What Is Muscular Dystrophy?
As we mentioned, MD is the umbrella term used to describe degenerative muscle conditions caused by abnormal genes that interfere with the production of healthy muscle tissue.
These conditions have no cure, and conventional treatments are designed to help reduce uncomfortable symptoms.
Who Gets Muscular Dystrophy?
Both men and women get muscular dystrophy, but the most common form of the condition, Duchenne’s Muscular Dystrophy, develops mostly in young boys, affecting one in 3,500.
Some cases of DMD develop as a consequence of family history, but the majority of DMD cases don’t have a genetic connection and seemingly develop as a result of DNA mutations.
Other types of MD don’t develop until adulthood and, like DMD, could occur as a result of genetics or other factors.
Some researchers believe that a lack of vitamin D can contribute to the development of muscular dystrophy, too, as it contributes to muscle tissue health.
Signs of Muscular Dystrophy
Like everything else about MD, its signs and symptoms vary greatly. Different types of MD affect different areas of the body and cause different symptoms, and these symptoms can show up at different ages.
Signs and symptoms of DMD include:
- Falling frequently and clumsiness
- Difficulty standing or sitting up
- Problems when jumping or running
- Changes in gait
- Difficulty walking up stairs
- Walking on tiptoes or balls of the feet
- Changes in muscle tone
- Change cognitive ability and difficulty learning
These symptoms often develop subtly and slowly, which means they may go unnoticed for some time. As MD develops, it can affect muscles that control basic body functions, too, including the intestines, resulting in constipation; the throat, causing difficulty swallowing; and the lungs, making breathing difficult. For some people, MD can be fatal.
If you suspect muscular dystrophy, we suggest scheduling a checkup with your doctor for testing. If you’re living with MD, we recommend calling Park Avenue Stem Cell at 917-746-7908 to find out how personal cell therapy may benefit you.