Fighting Parkinson’s

By on June 08, 2017
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Fighting Parkinson’s

Exercise can be a boon to people affected by this incurable disease

Parkinsonism, which refers to slowness in an individual’s motor function, could be due to multiple reasons. Poor blood circulation in the brain, abnormal body metabolic functioning, adverse effects of medication and neurodegenerative disorders are the more common ones.
 
Parkinson’s disease and other Parkinsonian syndromes (multiple system atrophy, progressive supranuclear palsy, dementia with Lewy bodies) occurring due to neurodegeneration are on the rise probably due to increasing longevity. These occur due to an accelerated process of brain cell death especially in areas of the brain responsible for the speed and fluidity of our body movements. This cell death leads to a deficiency of various chemicals (neurotransmitters), more markedly a deficiency of the neurotransmitter dopamine. 

Parkinsonism arising due to brain degeneration is more often seen as people age. More common after 60, the incidence increases significantly with every decade thereafter. Most cases have unknown causes but 10 per cent cases may be genetic. In the genetic type, the disease manifests itself at a younger age and there may be other family members similarly affected. Among the neurodegenerative syndromes, Parkinson’s disease is most common and tends to have a better prognosis and long-term outcome.  


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