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Parkinson's Disease
What is the Prognosis for Parkinson's Disease?
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What is the Prognosis for Parkinson's Disease?
What Does the Future Hold for Parkinson's Disease?
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Researchers may find it difficult to make prognoses for the Parkinsons because of the nature of the disease. The prognosis of the disease may include duration of the disease, possible complications, prospects for recovery and probable outcomes. Naturally, these predictions are hard to determine. At present there is no sure way to predict or prevent the disease. Doctors know that Parkinson's is a chronic, progressive disease. This means that the Parkinson's is long-lasting and progressively becomes worse as time passes. Every individual is different though so the rate at which the disease progresses varies. Every individual also experiences different symptoms, however, the most common are tremors, rigidity, loss of energy and bradykensia. Although there is no cure for Parkinson's disease, a good treatment plan allows many patients to have an active lifestyle. The most common forms of treatment are:

# Medications: Medications are used to help manage the symptoms of Parkinson's. They may also help to slow down the degenerative process. The most common form of medication is Levodopa. Levodopa is a chemical that the brain can turn into dopamine. The drug may not work on all people and has some side affects like nausea, confusion and dizziness. Other major medications include Amantadine Hydrochloride, Selegilene, Dopamine Antagonists, Anticholinergics and COMT inhibitors. Medications are the most common form of treatment.

# Surgery: Surgical procedures were once very common in the treatment of Parkinson's disease, but they are not as popular today. The two main types of surgical procedures are called cryothalamotomy and pallidotomy.  Deep brain simulation is a new surgery that is gaining popularity.

# Diet: A well-balanced diet is key in the fight against Parkinson's. There are no specific guidelines to follow however research shows that diets that are high in fibre, calcium and vitamins, but low in protein work best to fight the disease.

# Exercise: Parkinson's disease makes movement more difficult so it is essential that individuals diagnosed with the disease exercise as much as possible. Exercise helps maintain mobility and balance and strengthens muscles.

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Despite treatment, the symptoms of Parkinson's worsen over time and become less responsive to medication. The nature of the disease makes it hard to make prognoses.

What Does the Future Hold for Parkinson's Disease?