Neurodegenerative disease: Restricting eating times may boost life quality

Eating meals at the same time each day may be an effective way to improve quality of life for individuals with neurodegenerative disorders, a new study suggests.

In a study conducted on mice with Huntington’s disease, researchers discovered that restricting feeding time to the same 6-hour period every day for 3 months led to improvements in sleep quality and motor skills.

Study co-author Christopher Colwell, who works at the University of California, Los Angeles, and colleagues recently reported their results in the journal eNeuro.

Neurodegenerative disorders are conditions that involve the destruction of nerve cells. This can affect cognitive functions, such as learning and memory, as well as movement, balance, and speech.

Huntington’s disease is just one of many neurodegenerative disorders. Caused by an inherited mutation in a gene called HTT, Huntington’s disease is characterized by thinking problems and uncontrollable body movements.

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