DBS requires time and effort on the part of the patient and the surgical therapy team for programming and medication adjustments that are necessary for optimal control of symptoms Jacqueline R.
Dietary Agents to Prevent Parkinson’s Disease ● Dietary agents has been proven effective when it comes to cancers for many years ● Certain food groups have determined that diet in high in vegetables, whole grains, fruits and legumes prevented a lower risk factor of developing Parkinson’s disease. ● Polyphenols are found in variety of fruits, vegetables, herbs, cocoa, teas, wines, and juices as well as supplements which suggests that polyphenol plays a great role as a preventative agent. Mojdeh Hussaini
Coffee and Tea Coffee consumption is one of the most studied dietary factors related to the development of PD. Researchers have found that caffeine has a neuroprotective effect in animals with chemically induced PD and may explain the apparent protective effect in humans. Several studies have found that people who consume caffeinated coffee or tea tend to have a lower risk of developing PD and a delayed onset of the disease, but the findings haven’t been consistent. Mojdeh Hussaini
A nother study proved that intaking too many calories in your mid life can also be a risk factor in developing Parkinson’s. Researchers found that having a BMI in the 30’s will be more of a risk factor compare to a BMI of 23. Researchers had different several theories to explain why calorie restriction protects neurons, including decreased production of free radicals and regulations of gene expression. Mojdeh Hussaini
Levodopa - Levodopa is a drug used to treat Parkinson’s disease. - The medication was developed in the 1960’s - According to Parkinson’s website, this medication was the first medication proven effective in treating chronic neurological diseases. - Levodopa is generally given in combination with another medication called carbidopa. - Carbidopa enhances levodopa as well as decreases the chances of side effects associated with levodopa. Lindsey A.
How Levodopa Works - Levodopa is a pill that gets absorbed into the bloodstream. - Absorption occurs in the small intestine. - Once absorbed the drug travels to the brain via the bloodstream. - The brain then converts the drug into dopamine. - The neurons store this newly formed dopamine until it is needed for movement.
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