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World Parkinson's Day

Live Each ​​Day; Your Disorder Does Not Own You

In Parkinson's disease the nerve cells in the brain that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter involved in movement control, are damaged causing muscles to become weak and causing tremors.

Parkinson's Disease: Understanding the Symptoms[1]

1. Tremor - a rhythmic shaking of hand or fingers, including a pill-rolling tremor

2. Slow movement - performing simple tasks becomes difficult & slow.

3. Rigid muscles - muscle stiffness can be painful and limit your range of motion

4. Impaired posture and balance

5. Loss of automatic movements, like blinking, smiling or swinging arms while walking

6. Difficulty in writing

The Risk Factors and Tests:[2,3]

1. Risk Factors: Age, Heredity, Sex, and Exposure to toxins

2. Tests: CT Scan, Genetic Testing, MRI, PET Scan

Living with Parkinson's Disease[2,3]

There's no surefire way to prevent Parkinson's disease, but these lifestyle factors may help lower your risk

If you have Parkinson's disease, here are some things you can do:

1. Remain in touch with your doctor and take medications regularly

2. Stay active with exercise and physical therapy

3. Eat a healthy dietrich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals

4. Seek support from a support group or counselor

5. Stay engaged socially and mentally 

Remember that Parkinson's disease is a progressive condition and managing itcan be a lifelong journey requiring ongoing care and support. 

With determination and a positive outlook, you can rise above the challenges of Parkinson's and find joy ~Every Day!

References

1 https://rb.gy/ljs6

2 https://rb.gy/nqed

3 https://rb.gy/910b

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