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Spinocerebellar ataxia 2


Other Names for this Disease

  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy 2
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy Holguin type
  • SCA 2
  • SDSEM
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia Cuban type
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What type of diet is recommended for people with spinocerebellar ataxia type 2?

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What are the dietary recommendations for people with spinocerebellar ataxia type 2 (SCA 2)?

While no dietary factors have been shown to decrease or reverse the symptoms of SCA 2, vitamin supplements are recommended, particularly if caloric intake in reduced. Alcohol and medications known to affect cerebellar function should be avoided. Weight control is important, as obesity can worsen problems with mobility. If swallowing becomes difficult, tests can help to identify the consistency of food least likely to trigger aspiration.[1]
Last updated: 1/31/2014

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Other Names for this Disease
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy 2
  • Olivopontocerebellar atrophy Holguin type
  • SCA 2
  • SDSEM
  • Spinocerebellar ataxia Cuban type
See Disclaimer regarding information on this site. Some links on this page may take you to organizations outside of the National Institutes of Health.