Foods To Fight Parkinson’s Disease

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Getting older can be stressful. It is especially stressful if you have a family history of particular diseases and are worried about your risk. It is difficult to fight genetics, but the lifestyle you live can prevent many diseases, decrease the age of onset, and mitigate the symptoms. One particular disease that is associated with the aging process, which can also have early onset, is Parkinson's Disease. Parkinson's Disease is a progressive disease affecting neurons, a specific type of cell in the brain. Neurons produce a chemical, dopamine, which sends signals to the brain that control movement and coordination. With the progressive loss of neurons, Parkinson's patients develop symptoms that include tremors, shuffling, difficulty with balance, and rigid muscles. The disease occurs in five stages. Stage 1: the patient might have occasional difficulties with motor function on one side of the body. Stage 2: difficulties with motor function occur on both sides of the body. Stage 3: the patient is having difficulty with balance and posture. As the disease progresses into stage 4 and 5, the patient is not capable of living alone, becomes wheelchair-bound, and is in need of constant care. Although a progressive disease, Parkinson's is not considered a fatal illness and the life expectancy isn't any less than those without the affliction. The greatest concerns as the disease progresses are falling and choking. While Parkinson's is infamous for its effect on motor function, it can also have other symptoms such as constipation, dementia, anxiety, sleep disturbance, mood disorders, weight gain or loss, and incontinence. Many of these symptoms can be seen prior to the occurrence of motor function problems. It is impossible to know how long each stage will last throughout the progression of the disease. It's important to get an early diagnosis, as there are helpful medications available. This particular quiz focuses on the types of food and vitamins that you can consume now to decrease your chances of onset, and other information you can share with loved ones to help naturally improve their quality of life.

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