Becker muscular dystrophy Awareness Week 2019

Published Date
06/10/2019
Author
Catherine Rowland
Category
Care & Support
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Today marks the start of Becker muscular dystrophy Awareness Week (6-12 October). About 2,400 people in the UK have Becker muscular dystrophy, almost all of whom are male. Most people with the condition are diagnosed by the time they reach their 20s.

Muscular Dystrophy UK is here for anyone affected by a muscle-wasting condition such as Becker muscular dystrophy, from the moment of diagnosis and beyond. Below you can find out more about Becker muscular dystrophy and how you can help raise awareness.

What is Becker muscular dystrophy?

Becker muscular dystrophy is caused when the body does not produce enough dystrophin (a vital muscle protein) or when the dystrophin does not work properly. The severity of the condition varies between individuals. Some people with Becker muscular dystrophy may struggle with sport as children.

Their muscle weakness may become more pronounced in their teens or 20s, causing difficulty in walking quickly, running and climbing stairs. In most cases, people with Becker muscular dystrophy will be able to walk into their 40s or 50s, but for some the decline in mobility will be faster.

How we’re here to help

We understand the everyday challenges of living with a muscle-wasting condition. We’re here to help with information and advice, together with emotional and practical support, a network of local groups and an online community. Find out more about the services we offer here.

How you can get involved

Visit our Becker muscular dystrophy page for up-to-date information and resources

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