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Muscular Dystrophy Fast Facts
The term muscular dystrophy refers to a group of diseases that affect he body’s muscles.
The most common form of the disease is called Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Its symptoms usually first occur in childhood.
DMD is much more common in boys than in girls. About 1 in every 7,250 boys between the ages of 5 and 24 are afflicted with the disease. Only about 1 in 50 million girls develops symptoms of DMD.
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Another type of the disease, Becker muscular dystrophy, typically shows milder symptoms that tend to occur later, often in the patient’s teens or 20s. DMD is three times more common than Becker MD.
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Muscular Dystrophy Caregiver Tips
Studies have shown that caring for someone with muscular dystrophy can have a significant negative impact on the caregiver’s life. Caregivers are at risk for depression, sleep problems, stress, anxiety, relationship problems, and low self-esteem. Caregivers are also likely to have difficulty performing well at work, and many caregivers quit working entirely in order to care for their loved ones.