Parkinson's Disease

Signs and Symptoms

Parkinson's Disease (PD) is a nervous system disorder that occurs when brain cells responsible for the production of the chemical messenger dopamine slowly die. Dopamine is necessary for proper brain signaling to control muscle function. Without dopamine, controlled muscle movement is lost.

Over time, symptoms such as shaking (tremors), lack of coordination, difficulty swallowing, constipation, loss of balance, and hindered movement become worse. The cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, however genetics, toxins, oxidative stress, pre-existing medical conditions, or certain medications are believed to be a possibility.

Although there is no cure, medications can help those with Parkinson’s Disease manage day-to-day activities more easily by increasing the brain’s supply of dopamine. Lifestyle changes are often also recommended, including an increase in aerobic exercise and physical therapy.

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