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Is Parkinson’s Disease Preventable?: Decreasing the Risk

By Nick Paciello, 9:00 am on

Though the cause of Parkinson’s disease is unknown and there is no surefire way of preventing it, scientific studies have shown some healthy habits can lower the risk of developing the disorder. The staff at Home Care Assistance, a leading provider ofHenderson senior home care, offers these Parkinson’s prevention suggestions for your senior loved one.

Exercise

Parkinson’s disease affects movement, causes rigidity of muscles, slows actions, and decreases the range of motion of joints. Regular exercise when middle-aged can reduce the chances of acquiring the disease in senior years by about 30 percent. Studies show the exercise needs to be either moderate or vigorous to have a potentially positive impact in Parkinson’s prevention.

Caffeine

Caffeine consumption may reduce the risk of Parkinson’s in men, but not in women, which may be due to an interaction between the caffeine and use of postmenopausal estrogen. Why the stimulant in coffee, tea, and some sodas seems to help is unknown, though studies are still being conducted to determine its efficacy in reducing the rick of Parkinson’s.

Vegetables and Fruits

Consumption of certain fresh, raw vegetables, especially bell peppers and tomatoes, seems to have a protective effect against Parkinson’s. Studies indicate it may be the presence of folic acid in the vegetables that decreases the risk of developing Parkinson’s.Berries in general, apples and oranges all seem to be helpful in preventing the onset of Parkinson’s disease due to their flavonoids, which have antioxidant effects.

While these healthy habits may help fight against Parkinson’s disease, there is no guaranteed way to completely prevent it. If your loved one has developed the disease and needs trusted Parkinson’s care in Henderson, reach out to Home Care Assistance. Our caregivers take a comprehensive approach to Parkinson’s care, and all are expertly trained in the Balanced Care Method, a holistic approach that focuses on physical activity and a healthy diet, amongst other qualities. Call one of our qualified Care Managers today at (702) 527-7723 to schedule a free in-home consultation.