Most of us became aware of this debilitating disease called Parkinson’s disease because of people like the late great boxer of all times, Mohammed Ali and the famous actor Michael J Fox. Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative brain disorder that progresses slowly in most people. Most people’s symptoms take years to develop, and they live for years with the disease.
In short, a person’s brain slowly stops producing a neurotransmitter called dopamine. With less and less dopamine, a person has less and less ability to regulate their movements, body and emotions.
Parkinson’s disease itself is not fatal. However, complications from the disease are serious; the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) rated complications from PD as the 14th top cause of death in the United States.
There is currently no cure for Parkinson’s. Your doctor’s goal will be to treat your symptoms to keep your quality of life as high as possible.
- More than 10 million people worldwide are living with Parkinson’s disease.
- Incidence of Parkinson’s increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with PD are diagnosed before the age of 50.
- Men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson’s than women.
As mentioned previously, there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease and experts continue to research the cause to come up with ways of managing the disease. I truly believe that what and how you eat…your diet, is what will make you healthy or will make you ill or will kill you. Here is a video from Dr. Michael Greger author of the New York Times best seller ” How Not to Die”, discussing a possible link between Parkinson’s disease and milk.