Being diagnosed with Spinocerebellar Ataxia is distressing for that person and the family. When feeling overwhelmed, it is comforting to know that treating the condition with various interventions, like appropriate diet, can make a positive difference.
Ideas on nutrition for those with Spinocerebellar Ataxia are not conclusive, because insufficient research has been done. Also, there are different types of this illness (SCA2, SCA3 etc), so what may work for one person, may not work for another. Consequently, always consult a doctor about nutrition and supplements, before making any changes. When considering nutrition, both macronutrients (proteins, fats and carbohydrates) and micronutrients (minerals and vitamins) are important.
For some people, following a gluten-free diet may optimise health. A test to determine gluten intolerance can be done.
In addition certain foods may increase dizziness and lack of balance. Since difficulty with coordination when walking are a symptom of the disease, treating the following with caution, or avoiding them altogether, may be beneficial:
A good, daily multivitamin may help in reducing fatigue and promote overall good health and a happier outlook on life. While Spinocerebellar Ataxia is generally progressive, different types cause different degrees of disability, so treating with certain supplements may help one type but not another. Therefore, work with a doctor to ensure the best outcome, and stop taking anything that results in unwelcome side effects. Also, be assured that research continues, for example with levodopa, creatine, lecithin, choline etc and, in the future, there may be other efficacious supplements.
Those with Spinocerebellar Ataxia may feel out of control in many aspects of life, so it is encouraging that general good health practices are within reach. Together with the doctor, an interesting exercise regime, a tasty diet and an advantageous supplement routine can be established.