Nutritional Supplements

The food suggestions on this page are intended for people with Huntington's Disease, who have special nutritional needs. A diet based on these suggestions may be inappropriate for those who do not have these special needs.

WHAT ARE THEY?
Supplements are special food products or powders that can be used as part of, or in addition to, your daily food intake. They can add extra energy, protein, vitamins and minerals.

WHY SHOULD I USE THEM?
Supplements are helpful for people who:

  • Have lost weight
  • Have difficulty in maintaining their weight
  • Have a poor appetite
  • Are not eating enough food

WHEN COULD I USE THEM?
Between meals
As part of a meal
Any time you want to eat or drink

SUGGESTED SUPPLEMENTS FOR YOUR USE

High Protein Milk Recipe

  • 1000ml (1 litre) full cream milk and 1 cup skim milk powder OR
  • 150ml (small glass) full cream milk and 2 tablespoons skim milk powder
  • Add milk powder to milk and whisk until dissolved

HIGH PROTEIN MILK CAN BE USED WHENEVER YOU NORMALLY USE MILK

The NSW Huntington Disease Service, based at Lottie Stewart Hospital, Sydney, offers a service for NSW residents with HD whereby supplements such as SustagenTM can be purchased at greatly reduced prices. Please contact us for a copy of the order form.

[These guidelines for meeting the nutritional needs of people with Huntington's Disease were first published in the Association's Gateway newsletter Volume 4 No. 5, September/October 2001. They were prepared by Karen Keast, Dietitian, Huntington Disease Service (NSW), and include material compiled by the Dietitians Association of Australia NSW Gerontology Special Interest Group. The guidelines were reviewed and revised in August 2004.]

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