Learn more about Parkinson's Disease and get to know the symptoms.

Parkinson's Disease - know the facts - Women's Health & Fitness

What is it?
Parkinson’s Victoria says that Parkinson Disease is “a chronic, degenerative, neurological condition. This means it is lifelong (there is currently no cure), it will progress over time and its cause, while not fully understood yet, originates in the brain”.

The brain therefore loses its ability to produce and store a brain chemical called dopamine (which is a neurotransmitter essential for smooth motor coordination).
 
What are the symptoms?
According to Parkinson’s Victoria, a person diagnosed with early onset Parkinson’s, is likely to experience symptoms such as:

•    Stiff muscles
•    Slowed-down body and limbs
•    Slurred speech
•    Resting tremor
•    Depression
•    Constipation

Are you at risk?
While lifestyle, drinking and smoking have not been found to increase the risk of developing Parkinson’s, there is evidence that “using illicit drugs (which may be contaminated with chemicals that are toxic to those cells which produce dopamine) may cause Parkinson’s-like symptoms”, advises Parkinson’s Victoria.

Diet doesn't seem to have a direct link to Parkinson’s. Parkinson’s Victoria says despite this, diet is important if you have already been diagnosed.

“Adopting a healthy diet will help an individual to better manage symptoms and avoid additional health problems, such as diabetes,” the organisation says.

Daborn isn’t sure “why Parkinson’s chose me”. Genetic cases exist but are rare – four in 60 cases have a familial connection, according to a 1987 study.

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