The movement disorder affects each person differently, but tailoring your treatment for specific symptoms can improve your quality of life.
Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system that affects nerve cells in the brain and makes movement difficult, affects an estimated one million people in the United States, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. The disorder is chronic and progressive, affecting the nerve cells that produce dopamine. When these cells become impaired or die, the loss of dopamine leads to abnormal nerve firings and impaired movements, including tremors, loss of balance, and other problems, explains the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.
There is no cure yet for the condition, but researchers say they’re piecing together more clues about the roles of genetic and environmental factors. Meanwhile, those diagnosed can take many steps to protect their quality of life and enjoy family, career, and retirement.
If you or a loved one has recently been diagnosed, read the full article with 10 essential facts you need to know: