You, or someone you know has just been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. What to do Now? Until 2006, the only choice you had was medication, or surgical treatments such as deep brain stimulation, exercise, diet and emotional support.
Parkinson’s disease is a progressive, degenerative neurological disease that has no cure. For some unknown reason, the brain begins a decline in production of a neurotransmitter called “dopamine” which is responsible for brain-to-muscle communication. The result is a loss of motor and non-motor function.
- There are 1.5 million people in the U.S. with Parkinson’s
- 5-7% of people with Parkinson’s are under 50yrs old – considered “young onset”
- Men are twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s than women.
- 15% of people with Parkinson’s have a “Parkinson’s Plus”
- Lewey Body Dementia
- Multiple Symptoms Atrophy(MSA)
- Progressive Supranuclear Palsy(PSP)
- Cortiobasal Degeneration(CBD)
Now, what to do if you or someone you know has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.
Let’s first start with exercise, yes exercise has been shown to help battle Parkinson’s at all stages. Not just any exercise, but, high intensity exercise like the Rock Steady method. Rock Steady was developed by Scott Newman in 2006 when at the age of 39 he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Rock Steady is a hybrid of many different training regimens that are good for Parkinson’s. With boxing at the foundation, each Rock Steady coach brings different elements to mix into the workouts, which keep the curriculum fresh and challenging. An assessment is done on each participant before they join the program so the coaches can learn about the client and work appropriately with each person on individual needs. Here is a video that exemplifies Rock Steady.
Secondly, a change in diet may be needed. Knowing that there are no treatment options for the disease itself, only treatments for the symptoms, such as the tremors, and treatment to help manage the rigidity, a change of diet may just be what the doctor ordered. A Ketogenic diet may offer the Parkinson’s person a chance to reverse or slow down the progression of the disease. A small study was done with Parkinson’s patients and they were put on a controlled ketogenic diet and all participants improved in one category or another. I am including a link to Dr. Perlmutters video that explains the study and results.
Together these programs may be much better than any medication available. The Rock Steady Program has already shown to reverse the Parkinson’s symptoms and it may only be a short time before research shows that a Ketogenic diet will do the same or more.
This post is intended to be informational only. Please seek your doctors advice before changing your diet and starting an exercise program.