Shaking, tremors, uncontrollable movements. These are some symptoms of the disease known as Parkinson. There are no known cure, and no known causes. It’s a disease that has plagued more than 10 million people around the world and men are likely to suffer from this disease more than women. The treatment cost for this disease is US$25 billion in the US alone (1 million sufferers). Extrapolating this means that the cost per year is estimated to be over US$100 billion! Unfortunately, millions of sufferers are left to deal with the effects of this disease, living a life of discomfort and discrimination.

What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder tied to movement, with symptoms continuing to worsen over time. Essentially, a sufferer of Parkinson experiences the malfunction and death of vital nerve cells (called neurons) in the brain. It is postulated that dopamine, which enables a person to control movement normally, will decrease in quantity as PD progresses. As a result, sufferers will experience symptoms such as tremoring in the hands, legs, jaws and even face, slowness of movement, stiffness in joints and limbs and postural instability (unstable balance and control over bodily movements).

Is Parkinson’s Disease transmissible?

Parkinson’s Disease is not transmissible in the traditional sense. You do not catch Parkinson’s Disease from being near to an infected individual. There are some research coming up now which suggest some form of viruses will result in the transmission of Parkinson.

What causes Parkinson’s Disease?

It is believed that Parkinson’s Disease can arise from both environmental and genetic factors. The loss of the chemical, dopamine is also believed to be a key reason why Parkinson’s disease happens. Among 5 in every 100 sufferers are believed to contract Parkinson’s disease from genetic factors.

How can we fight against Parkinson’s Disease?

According to a report from American Parkinson Disease Association, a healthy diet and regular exercise will help with managing Parkinson’s disease and help slow down the progressive nature of this disease.

This particular disease is highly disruptive to a person’s life, which explains why many pharmaceutical companies are looking at treating the disease. However, there has been very little progress made in the discovery of true cures for Parkinson’s Disease. We look forward to a day where more than 10 million people around the world can potentially access a cure and be able to live the rest of their lives in comfort.

About the Author Shane

Shane is passionate about the medical industry and constantly envisions a world without incurable diseases and chronic conditions. He seeks to use his entrepreneurship, venture capital and sales and marketing experience to bring real change to the medical industry, one insight at a time. In his spare time, he likes to spend time with his family, do online learning and read.

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  1. I am trying to help my step father. He was diagnosed with Parkinson last year. He has been struggling with medications. I want to help him but I myself suffer from MS. I try to relate the two diseases!

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    1. Hi Alyssa, I feel your pain, and that is the reason why this site was started. We want to feature more relevant news for people suffering from chronic conditions and incurable diseases. Would love to hear your stories as well, already loving your blog 🙂

      In the midst of all these medications and the awareness about both Parkinson and MS, I am sure you have done plenty of research on the various medical drugs you are taking. The problem with Western medicine is that many of the treatments tend to be symptomatic, potentially damaging the body in the long run yet we do not have much alternative.

      We want to go even deeper into clinical trials and their significance so that people like you and me, the affected and the sufferers can have more autonomy and power in the race for true cures.

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