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Parkinson's Disease
How Can Parkinson's Disease be Prevented?
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What is Parkinson's Disease?
What Causes Parkinson's Disease?
What are the Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease?
How is Parkinson's Disease Detected?
How Can Parkinson's Disease be Prevented?
What is the Prognosis for Parkinson's Disease?
What Does the Future Hold for Parkinson's Disease?
How Can I Help?

The prevention of Parkinson's disease is difficult. As researchers have not been able to pinpoint the exact causes for the disease it is difficult to prevent Parkinsons. They are currently researching how genetics and environment affect the likelihood an individual will get Parkinson's disease. Researchers are looking for a biomarker (a biochemical abnormality that all individuals with Parkinson's disease might share) that could be seen through screening techniques or chemical testing. They believe that by taking the following precautions an individual may be able to lower their risk of getting Parkinson's:

# Reducing Exposure to Pesticides and Herbicides: Direct contact with pesticides and herbicides has been linked to Parkinson's disease. Studies have shown individuals from rural areas that are exposed to pesticides and herbicides for prolonged amounts of times are at a higher risk of getting Parkinson's.

# Increasing/Reducing Caffeine Levels: New research shows that caffeine may actually help in the prevention of Parkinsons. Researchers studied over 8,000 American men over a 30 year period and found that the men who drank three or more cups of coffee each day were five times less likely to develop Parkinson's. One theory is that caffeine reduces the number of neurotransmitters that damage the brain. On the other hand, a study by the Harvard School of Medical Health found that woman who drank more than five cups of coffee a day were at a higher risk of developing Parkinson's.

# Starting/Stopping Smoking: Smoking may reduce the risk of some individuals getting Parkinson's disease. An American study found that for individuals with certain genetic profiles, smoking acts as protection against the disease. People without the genetic susceptibility may actually increase their chances of getting Parkinson's if they do smoke however.

# Maintaining Estrogen Levels for Women: Researchers now believe that reduced estrogen levels may put some women at a higher risk of getting Parkinson disease. This may explain why menopausal woman who do not take hormone replacement therapy are more likely to develop Parkinson.

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# Maintaining Folate Levels: Research found that mice with low vitamin B folate levels developed severe Parkinsons disease symptoms while mice with normal levels remained healthy. Researchers now believe that consuming adequate amounts of folate or folic acid may reduce an individual's risk of developing Parkinsons.

# Reducing Exposure to Toxins: Exposure to toxins like manganese dust and MPTP may cause Parkinson's disease. Scientists first became aware of this in the 1980's when heroine addicts using a street drug contaminated with MPTP developed severe symptoms of Parkinson's.

It is hard to prevent Parkinsons disease as researchers have not yet been able to determine what the exact causes of the disease are. They have, however, been able to speculate on ways to prevent the disease based on research. The nature of the disease makes it difficult for researchers to determine exact ways to prevent the disease.

What is the Prognosis for Parkinson's Disease?