ALD/Adrenoleukodystrophy

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ALD/Adrenoleukodystrophy

Tiandrea Rice, Staff Writer

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ALD is a deadly genetic disease that affects 1 in 18,000 people. ALD destroys the myelin in the brain which is a protective sheath that surrounds the brain’s neurons. The myelin allows us to think move and just function properly.

The most destructive form of ALD is in children between the ages of 4 and 10. It usually appears in behavioral problems as well as causing blindness, deafness, seizures, loss of muscle control, and dementia. People who have ALD can get help from a therapist but there is no cure.

ALD mostly appears in men because the disease is x linked. X linked diseases have more of a chance of being passed down to men because men have a Y and X links and women only have 2 Xs so they could be a carrier and pass it down but for women it’s not very likely.

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