Parkinson’s disease is a progressive neurological disorder that affects movement. It can be debilitating, but there are ways to manage the symptoms. This blog will give you tips on how to live with Parkinson’s and make the best of your life.
Being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease can be a shock. You may feel scared, confused and alone. It is hard to come to terms with the fact that you have a progressive neurological condition. Parkinson’s disease affects around one in every 500 people. Men are slightly more likely to develop Parkinson’s than women. You can be diagnosed with Parkinson’s at any age, but most people are diagnosed over the age of 50.
The first signs
The first signs of Parkinson’s are often very subtle and can be easily overlooked. Many people experience a tremor in one hand, or they may find that their handwriting becomes smaller and more illegible. As the condition progresses, symptoms can become more severe and disabling.
Parkinson’s disease affects more than 10 million people worldwide. The exact cause of Parkinson’s is unknown, but it is believed to be the result of a combination of genetic and environmental factors. The most common symptoms of Parkinson’s include tremor, muscle rigidity and trouble with balance and coordination. There is no cure for Parkinson’s, but there are treatments that can help manage the symptoms.
Managing your symptoms
⦁ Taking medications as prescribed by your doctor
⦁ Exercising regularly
⦁ Eating a healthy diet
⦁ Getting enough rest
⦁ Managing stress
⦁ Avoiding alcohol and tobacco use
If you have Parkinson’s disease, it is important to work with your healthcare team to develop a treatment plan that meets your needs. With proper treatment, you can live a full and active life.
For many people living with Parkinson’s disease, support groups can be a valuable resource. These groups provide an opportunity to share information and resources, and to connect with others who are facing similar challenges.
Studies have shown that certain dietary factors may be associated with an increased risk of developing the condition. For example, diets high in animal fat and cholesterol have been linked to a greater risk of Parkinson’s, while diets rich in antioxidants and other nutrients have been associated with a reduced risk. While more research is needed to confirm any direct link between diet and Parkinson’s, it is clear that what we eat can have an impact on our risk of developing this devastating condition.
Would you like to help?
You can by donating to the Lions Medical Research Foundation – Spring Hill, Queensland. We’re committed to raising funds for medical research such as Parkinson’s disease. Every dollar counts and your support would be great appreciated.