Written By LAURA CASELEY
When you hear about Parkinson’s disease, you might think of such notable celebrities as Michael J. Fox and Muhammad Ali. But just like any disease, it can happen to anyone.
Parkinson’s is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system, and as of 2013, it affected 53 million people across the globe, resuling in 103,000 deaths.
Parkinson’s is most known for manifesting in slow and shaky movements, along with difficulty walking. Others may also experience issues with sleep, senses, and emotions.
There’s no cure for Parkinson’s, but it is treatable. That’s why it’s of utmost importance that it’s caught early. Like most other diseases, treatment is more successful (and quality of life better) when it’s detected early on.
Thanks to celebrities like Michael J. Fox, there is increasing awareness and research going into Parkinson’s, and specialists around the world are searching for a cure and for improved treatments — even some pretty unconventional ones.
Diseases aren’t vanquished overnight, but rather through a growing understanding of what they are, how they’re caused, and what they do. With more knowledge comes more chances to find a cure.
And that’s why you should know the warning signs of Parkinson’s, both for your health and the health of your loved ones! Read on to discover the symptoms.