Happy World Parkinson’s Day
Parkinson’s disease is a common neurodegenerative disease which is seen in old people. In it the region of the brain that controls movement of our body deteriorates. This neural deterioration results in decreased dopamine levels, the brain chemical that controls coordinated movement.
Our brain contains an important chemical named dopamine. It is one of the common excitable neurotransmitter of our brain. Due to it we can do several activities. We become happy, our works are flawless, smooth. Dopamine plays a major role in a variety of mental and physical functions, including:
- Voluntary movement
- General behavior
WHAT IS PARKINSONISM
Infact Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disease in which the dopamine production decreases in our brain. It has major features like trembling of hands, slowness of work, stiff limbs etc. Other features like constipation, sleep problems, sensation of smell are associated with it.
Till now neuroscience has not found complete cure to parkinsonism. Treatments are based on symptomatic relief. Because there is no known cure, it’s critical that we prevent the disease before symptoms arise.
HOW WE CAN PREVENT IT?
We can prevent neurodegenerative disease by halting or slowing down the degenerative process.
Pesticides and herbicides have been heavily implicated in causing Parkinson’s disease. Several studies have found high levels of pesticides/herbicides in the brains of Parkinson’s sufferers, compared to those with regular dopamine levels. Furthermore, agricultural workers who find themselves exposed to these pesticides have significantly higher rates of PD than the general public.
#OMEGA 3 FATTY ACID & ANTIOXIDANTS
Parkinson’s is inflammatory in nature, so researchers have spent much of their time exploring the anti-inflammatory effects of omega-3 fatty acids on the disease. Omega-3 fatty acids are strongly implicated in the prevention of cell degeneration and death, which protects from dopamine depletion. High amount of omega 3 FA are there in fish. Besides this antioxidants like COEQ10 also prevents degeneration of cells in brain which produces dopamine.
Regular aerobic exercise reduces inflammation in the brain, helping to counter the inflammatory signals leading to the development of Parkinson’s. Researchers said people with Parkinson’s can stall the decline in their motor skills by engaging in high-intensity exercise three times a week. Exercise that gets the heart working at 80 to 85 percent of its maximum capacity was found to provide health benefits that didn’t show up in people with Parkinson’s who got no or moderate-intensity exercise. So high intensity exercise is a must for prevention and treatment of Parkinson’s.
#SUNLIGHT & VITAMIN D
Researchers have found that about 70 percent of early, untreated Parkinson’s patients have low levels of vitamin D. That is a great clue to support vitamin D as a therapeutic option for Parkinson’s. Sunlight is a good source of vitamin D. So if you want to prevent Parkinson’s, go and take a stroll in open sunlight, it has very good effect on our nervous system.
Studies show that increased amounts of the B vitamin folic acid, found primarily in vegetables, can significantly reduce the risk of Parkinson’s. Nature’s greenary has every potential to prevent Parkinson’s.
#DECREASE YOUR STRESS LEVEL
Stress is a stimulating factor for several neurodegenerative disease. Keep stress away, that can help in preventing any neurodegenerative disease. Keep your needs low. More need gives more expectation. Be happy with what you have. Sleep well, take a balanced diet, it can prevent Parkinson’s disease.
Neurodegenerative diseases are very problematic to both patients and Neurologists. It’s better to prevent them. Lifestyle modification and diet can prevent it. And it’s not so difficult.
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Kedar, N.P., 2003. Can we prevent Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease?. Journal of postgraduate medicine, 49(3), p.236.