World Parkinson's Day 2022
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition meaning it causes problems with the brain and worsens over time. At present, Parkinson's Disease is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world and every hour two more people are diagnosed with the condition.
What do we currently know about Parkinson's Disease?
- Parkinson's develops when cells in the brain stop working properly and are lost over time. These brain cells produce a chemical called dopamine.
- Symptoms start to appear when the brain can’t make enough dopamine to control movement properly.
- There are 3 main symptoms - tremor (shaking), slowness of movement and rigidity (muscle stiffness) - but there are many other symptoms too.
What causes Parkinson's Disease?
The cause of Parkinson's Disease isn't clear, around 10-15% of cases are genetic whilst the remaining 80-90% of cases are sporadic with no confirmed root cause.
How is Parkinson's Disease treated?
There is currently no cure for Parkinson's Disease but symptoms can be eased through medical treatment, diet and exercise.
How can you help make a difference?
There are a number of things you can do to help the cause and that includes
- Raising awareness through spreading the word about Parkinson's Disease
- Making a donation to help further research for a cure
- Start fundraising for a charity that supports Parkinson's (such as Parkinson's UK).