Parkinson’s disease, a debilitating condition that affects movement, causes severe degenerative of the nervous system. Parkinson’s develops due to the destruction and death of neurons in the brain. Symptoms related to this disorder include tremors, slowed movements, speech alterations, as well as writing changes. In general, walking, talking, and other necessary daily activities slowly diminish. As neurons die off, they stop producing an essential compound required for proper bodily functions called dopamine. The lack of dopamine circulating in the body causes the symptoms associated with Parkinson’s. As more and more neurons deteriorate, progressively dopamine levels become so low that daily activities are no longer achievable.
In addition to genetic factors, environmental triggers, such as pesticides have been shown to influence the development of Parkinson’s. Middle-age and elderly men are more likely to develop Parkinson’s disease than women. Long term complications of the disease include cognitive impairment, swallowing and eating difficulty, fatigue, and eventually, a marked decrease in balance and coordination. While there is no cure for Parkinson’s disease, there are medications available to treat the related symptoms.
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