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Lifestyle Tips



Explore essential lifestyle tips for Parkinson's Disease in this informative newsletter. Learn about the potential benefits of intensive exercise in slowing down disease progression and its positive impact on motor control movements. Remember to consult your doctor before starting any exercise plan. Uncover the concerns of low physical activity among PD patients and the need for strategies to increase activity and reduce sedentary behavior, especially in older individuals with mild to moderate PD. Understand the role of diet, exercise, and lifestyle in reducing the risk of Parkinson's Disease. Recommendations include a diverse diet rich in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean proteins, as well as various exercise types such as aerobic, strength training, and balance exercises. Always seek medical advice before making any changes. Discover the potential impact of a combination of medication, therapy, and lifestyle changes on improving a patient's quality of life. Treatment options may include medication for motor symptoms, physical and occupational therapy, and speech therapy. Lastly, learn six key things about Parkinson's Disease, including prevalence, age-related risk, early signs, non-motor symptoms, exercise importance, and self-care. Stay informed and empowered in managing Parkinson's with these valuable insights.


1)

Intensive exercise to the rescue


As per one of the recent study, intensive training may influence brain plasticity. This could result in deceleration of progression of Parkinson’s Disease. The study also covers positive effects of exercise. Study also explores the connection between exercise and motor control movements. Any exercise plan to be adopted only after consulting your doctor.

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2)

Low physical activity a concern for patients of PD


A study has revealed that physical activity levels of patients is generally low both in terms of duration and intensity of exercise. Also, there are little variation in activities in a day and across days. There is clearly a need to develop strategies to increase physical activity and also plan to reduce sedentary behaviour. This is especially important for elder people who have mild to moderate level of Parkinson’s Disease.

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Role of diet, exercise and lifestyle in keeping Parkinson’s Disease away


Diet is important for overall health and reducing the risk. Following are some recommendations:

  • · Eat variety of fruits and vegetables rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals

  • · Whole grains such as brown rice, quinoa, which can provide essential nutrients and fibre.

  • · Include lean proteins like fish, poultry, beans, tofu, which add protein without saturated fats.

  • · Limit processed foods

  • · Please note, any diet should be adopted only after consulting the doctor.

  • · Role of exercise:

  • · Engage in aerobic exercise like brisk walking, cycling, swimming, and dancing.

  • · Strength training like some weights, resistance bands, or body weight exercises to build and maintain muscle mass.

  • · Balance and flexibility through yoga, tai chi.

Please note, any exercise regimen should be adopted only after consulting the doctor.


Lifestyle factors that you need to watch out for are:

  • · Sleep: One needs to get enough sleep (7-9 hours). Poor sleep is linked to risk of euro-degenerative diseases

  • · Stress: Manage stress by practicing mindfulness, hobbies

  • · Limit exposure to toxins like pesticides, industrial chemicals.


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4)

Leading normal life despite Parkinson’s Disease


A combination of medication, therapy and lifestyle changes may bring a positive impact to patient’s life.

Following are some of the treatment options for patients:

  • · Medication can control motor symptoms and can improve overall quality of life

  • · Physical therapy, i.e., exercises involving mobility, balance and coordination can help

  • · Occupational therapy focusing on improving living skills and independence

  • · Speech therapy can address speech and swallowing difficulties so that patients can communicate effectively and maintain nutrition.

Any treatment option should be decided only I consultation with doctor.

Following is the link to the original article:



5)

Six key things regarding Parkinson’s Disease


Following are six key things to know about Parkinson’s Disease:

  1. · Overall, 10 million patients have been diagnosed with this disease

  2. · Age is a clear risk factor. Most develop it after 60

  3. · Loss of smell can be an early sign

  4. · PD also has non motor symptoms like trouble in sleeping, constipation, mood disorders, depressions, etc

  5. · Exercise is vital for managing PD

  6. · Self-care is as important as ever

Following is the link to the original source:

https://www.nm.org/healthbeat/healthy-tips/things-you-may-not-know-about-parkinsons-disease


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