What is Niemann-Pick?
Niemann-Pick Disease is an inherited, genetic disease that affects the way lipids, fats and cholesterol is stored and/or removed from the body. This buildup harms critical organs resulting in lowering an individual’s quality of life and their life expectancy.
Image Source From: Wikimedia Commons (Niemann Pick Disease in the Spleen)
Niemann Pick Disease:
Type A and Type B (also known Acid Sphingomyelinase Deficiency (ASMD) is caused by a lack of a specific enzyme in the body.
Type C (C1 or C2) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by the accumulation of lipids (fats) in the liver and brain. It is sometimes referred to as Childhood Alzheimer’s.
Who It Affects:
Niemann-Pick Disease (NPD) affects all segments of the population with cases reported in North America, South America, Europe, Africa, Asia, and Australia.
However, a higher incidence of NPD has been found in certain populations:
- Ashkenazi Jewish population (NPA and NPB)
- French Canadian population of Nova Scotia (Type D, now considered a variant of Type C or NPC)
- Maghreb region (Tunisia, Morocco, and Algeria) of North America (NPB)
- Spanish-American population of southern New Mexico and Colorado (NPC)
Who is NP Canada?
We know how devastating it is to find out that you or your child has inherited a rare genetic disease. You may feel that you can’t breathe – overwhelmed and not knowing what to do next. Worst of all you may feel alone and helpless, that there is nothing that can be done.
That’s not the case!
Presently, NP Canada supports the Canadian Chapter of the National Niemann Pick Disease Foundation (CCNNPDF).
We are devoted to:
- Raising awareness
- Raising money
- 100% of the money raised, goes towards the best research, for the most promising treatments for Niemann-Pick Disease
We are dedicated to finding a CURE for Niemann Pick Disease. The foundation members, volunteer their time to help familes find their way.
Know that there is HOPE! There is research being done, there are options available and there is support for you!
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