Healthy diet in middle age may prevent Parkinson’s

Eating plenty of vegetables and nuts is linked to fewer symptoms that may precede Parkinson’s, according to a new study.

Commenting on the study, published in Neurology, Claire Bale, Head of Research at Parkinson’s UK, said:

“While this study is encouraging, it also poses a lot of questions. The research looked at some early warning signs of Parkinson's, like constipation and sleep issues, but as people who experience these do not always go on to develop Parkinson's, further validation is needed. The research also does not tell us whether following a healthy diet can slow the progression of Parkinson's.
 
“While a healthy lifestyle may help reduce risk, it does not appear to prevent people developing Parkinson's altogether. There is still a pressing need to develop better treatments and a cure for Parkinson's to improve life for the 145,000 people in the UK and the millions around the world living with this devastating condition.”

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Anyone can get Parkinson’s, young or old. In the UK, around 145,000 people are already living with Parkinson’s. Every hour, two more people are diagnosed.

Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet.

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