Posted on Feb 13, 2009 | Comments 0
Recent research has shown that manganese might play a role in Parkinson’s disease. Certain unhealthy genes affect the toxicity of manganese, causing brain damage.
This is a tragic fact, since manganese is essential to human life. Once researchers become more aware of this potential root cause of Parkinson’s disease, medicines might be developed that will reverse the brain’s processing of manganese.
If such medicines are impossible, doctors might be able to create a program for regulating the amount of manganese in a patient’s diet.
About Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s disease is a disease that affects movement in the elderly. This disease has all sorts of effects like:
- Unstable posture
- Slow or impossible movement
- Unusual twisting of the neck
- Forward posture
- Inability to take long steps
- Decreased range of motion
- A lack of balance
- Painful and unexpected muscle contractions
- Difficulty speaking
- Inability to swallow
- Extreme fatigue
- Inability to make facial expressions
- Inability to blink
- Difficulty rolling
- Inability to sit still
Medicines for Parkinson’s Disease
Levodopa, COMT inhibitors, dopamine antagonists and MAO-B inhibitors have all been able to relive many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease. Levodopa helps the body create dopamine.
COMT inhibitors strengthen the effects of Levodopa. Dopamine antagonists help to fight gastrointestinal and neurological disorders. MAO-B inhibitors fight the breakdown of dopamine.
Surgery, brain stimulation
Brain surgery has helped correct or alleviate Parkinson’s disease. Brain pacemakers that send electrical signals to the brain have shown to help Parkinson’s patients cope better with the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. These pacemakers have been especially useful in regulating tremors.
Like many health problems, Parkinson’s disease can be relieved by making many health decisions. Many of the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease can be reduced by improving nutrition, exercise and positive support.
Also, many researchers believe that neurorehabilitation might help Parkinson’s disease sufferers recover.
Mobility, flexibility, strength and gait speed exercises might help reestablish connections in the brain, allowing sufferers to recover.
Coping with Parkinson’s disease
Whether you are a Parkinson’s disease sufferer or a family member of a Parkinson’s disease sufferer, quality of life can still be high. By staying informed about Parkinson’s disease, you will be able to work with the doctor in order to overcome many of the symptoms of the disease.
Oftentimes, socialization, humor and entertainments can help distract you from the condition. Support groups and counseling have also been shown to help sufferers cope with the disease. Other methods of Parkinson’s disease relief include:
Since this disease is genetic, those who are genetically predisposed to Parkinson’s disease will not be able to avoid it. But by taking many of these steps, sufferers of Parkinson’s disease can still enjoy their life.
And with the latest research, sufferers can feel hope that a cure for Parkinson’s disease might be around the corner.
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