What is Parkinson’s Disease (PD)?
Parkinson's disease is a disorder that affects the nerve cells (neurons) in the mid-brain, an area that controls movement. Cell loss in this region can cause declining levels of dopamine, a chemical messenger needed for proper muscle movement.
Symptoms generally develop after age 50, although PD affects an ever-increasing percentage of younger people. PD is progressive, meaning the signs and symptoms worsen over time. Symptoms may vary tremendously from person to person.
How is Parkinson’s treated?
Because PD progresses gradually, most people can look forward to many years of productive living after diagnosis. Most PD symptoms are treatable with medications. Regular exercise is also beneficial. Several different procedures have been developed to treat symptoms.
Currently, there is no cure for PD and no diagnostic test for conclusive diagnosis. However, research continues and with ongoing support a cure will be found.
Did you know?
According to the American Parkinson's Disease Association, more than one million people in the US are living with PD - that's more than multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy, and Lou Gehrig's disease...combined! Recent estimates count 1,100 people with PD in the greater Evansville area.
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