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.