Parkinson's

Parkinson’s Awareness Month: April 2022

Did you know that April is Parkinson’s Awareness Month? Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with the disease, which is a disorder of the nervous system that affects movements. Young adults are rarely diagnosed with Parkinson’s, as the risks increase with age. Beyond age, other risk factors include:

  • If a close relative was diagnosed with Parkinson’s
  • If you are a male, as men are more likely than women to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s
  • If you have been exposed to an environmental toxin

 

The most important thing you can do to help support someone with Parkinson’s disease is to educate yourself, so let’s learn more.

 

What is Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s is a neurodegenerative disorder. As the condition progresses, there can be tremors, gait and balance issues, limb stiffness or rigidity, and a slow muscle movement. There is currently no cure, and more research is needed. Awareness, treatment, and education support those affected by the disease.

 

While there can be movement-related symptoms of Parkinson’s, there also may be non-motor symptoms, and people with PD are often more impacted by these than movement symptoms.  These include depression, sleep behavior disorders, loss of sense of smell, and cognitive impairment.

 

Facts About Parkinson’s Disease

  • The cause of Parkinson’s is largely unknown, and more research is being done to better understand aspects of Parkinson’s disease and which medication can prevent neurocognitive degeneration.
  • However, genetics cause about 10 to 15 percent of all Parkinson’s.
  • A change in handwriting and a loss of smell are early signs of Parkinson’s.
  • Exercise helps manage Parkinson’s symptoms.
  • Parkinson’s itself is not fatal, but disease complications can be serious.
  • The CDC rated complications from Parkinson’s as the 14th cause of death in the United States.
  • It is still possible to have a good quality life with Parkinson’s.

 

 

If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, at Foothills Neurology, we take the time to hear your story. With all relevant medical history and your personal input considered, our team of highly experience and expert neurologists are here to help. Schedule a consultation today!

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