What is Parkinson’s disease?

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative illness affecting movement. The symptoms begin progressively, oftentimes beginning with a hardly visible tremor in one of the joints. Parkinsonian tremors are frequent, but this illness also usually causes stiffness and slowness of movement. Patients in earlier stages may experience soft or slurred speech, lack of mobility while walking, along with many other symptoms.

Whilst the symptoms and early warning signs may vary from case to case, but most common of them include:

  • Speech changes;
  • Issues with posture and balancing;
  • Tremor;
  • Stiff muscles;
  • Loss of unconscious movements.

There is now no known cause of Parkinson’s but there are several things that play a pivotal role in its development:

  • Genes;
  • Environmental triggers;

Risk factors for this illness include:

  • It usually develops from the age of 60.
  • Having a family member with PD raises the chances of developing this illness.
  • Males are far more likely to suffer from PD.
  • Toxic exposure. Continuous exposure to the likes of weedkillers and pesticides can increase your chances of developing PD.

Additional problems (i.e. complications) include:

  • Cognitive issues;
  • Mood swings;
  • Sleep issues;
  • Bladder control issues;
  • Pain in shoulders, neck, and various other parts of the body.
  • Constipation.

Even though Parkinson’s disease cannot be cured completely, there are drugs that relieve the symptoms. The most popular drug for patients with this illness is Dostinex, its main aim is replacing dopamine which is severely lacking in patients with the illness. Low levels of dopamine make patients experience tremors, have imperfect control of their bodies. Dostinex is among dopamine receptor agonist medication, which means it stimulates receptors/nerves in the brain, which helps relieve your symptoms.

Prevention methods are unclear because the cause is undetermined, but there are several things that possibly decrease the risk of developing this disease, including:

  • Caffeine;
  • Regular exercise.