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Effective living despite PD involves taking care of physical activity, diet, sleep and most importantly the mind. Based on the level of progression, one can consult the physio to agree on an exercise plan to manage the symptoms in such a way as to be able to usual activities like a normal person as much as possible. There can be exercise plans specific to the type of activity, as highlighted in one of the articles below.

There is an interesting finding from research, which states that drinking higher amount of coffee is linked to lower likelihood of getting PD! One other research found a link between weight loss and progression of disease. Patient surely need to keep an eye on their weight. Another research found the daytime sleepiness manifesting in different ways but should be reported to doctors accurately by the patient.

Finally, the most interesting article below is about managing to keep the mind calm not just through meditation but also by becoming an “observer” to the transient brain storm. This is a must read for all patients.

Following are some of the interesting articles:


Weight loss and faster progression

Scientists from well-known organizations have conducted research about weight loss in PD and its correlation with other symptoms of PD. They found that weight loss early in the progression can be linked to faster decline in global cognitive function over time. They also found a correlation between weight gain and slower deterioration of processing speed and attention among patients of PD.

Future investigations are need to ascertain if weight control can indeed help in preserving the cognitive function.

Following is the link to the relevant article:

2) Daytime Sleepiness

One of the common non-motor symptoms of patients of Parkinson’s Disease is the Daytime Sleepiness. While some patients have found ways to handle it, but for some patients, it is a constant struggle against sleepiness. Daytime sleepiness can also be beneficial especially if it is power nap, which can rejuvenate the patient. While talking to doctor, some patients describe daytime sleepiness as tiredness, exhaustion or drowsiness. However, if it is indeed sleepiness, it should be mentioned accordingly so that doctor can diagnose it appropriately.

Following is the link to the relevant article:

3) Finding moments of calmness is the key

As per a doctor who was himself diagnosed with PD, finding moments of calm is critical to self-management. It is important to shift from chaos (due to the unsettled mind of PD storm) to calm, It is a mystical art of sorts. One may be able to achieve this while meditating, but one can not meditate 24x7. Hence, it is crucial to find calm while doing daily activities like walking to a bank or just sitting in a bus. The key to achieve this is to be a gentle observer. I look at PD as a brain disease which gives me transient experience. To be able to understand it as a transient experience helps me manage the course and consequences of PD. This has helped me live with PD effectively.

Following is the detailed article:


Good news for coffee drinkers

A recent study has found that people who have a higher intake of coffee and caffeine are less likely to be having Parkinson’s Disease. Adding milk and sugar did not alter the result. The study was done for overall coffee intake and not about specific nutrients contained in coffee.

Following is the link to the original interesting study:


Physical therapy for Parkinson’s Disease

There are some simple techniques that can be used to lead a good life despite PD. Since the relevant techniques may vary depending on the individual and the progression stage of PD, patient should take up the regimen only after discussing it with the doctor and do exactly as per doctor’s suggestions. There are specific physical therapies for:

  • Getting out of bed or chair

  • Walk with normal pace and posture

  • Improve balance

  • Control hand shaking

  • Speech improvement

  • Treating swallowing difficulties

  • Reducing stiffness

  • Coping with changes in thinking and memory

You may discuss with your physiotherapists for techniques to achieve the above.

Following is the link for more details:

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