World Parkinson's Day is observed every year on April 11 to spread awareness about the neurodegenerative disease.
About World Parkinson's Day:
The day also marks the anniversary of James Parkinson who wrote the article - An Essay on the Shaking Palsy in 1817, recognising the disease for the first time.
The neurodegenerative movement disorder Parkinson's disease occurs when the dopamine-producing cells in a part of the brain called substantia nigra start to deteriorate. It mainly affects people over 60, although younger people are also at risk.
This year, the theme for the day is ‘integrated health care’ – considered vital for all those living with Parkinson’s disease.
The theme aims to stress the importance of a multidisciplinary approach involving mental health support, nutritional support, exercise, and language for the holistic well-being of those affected by this disease.
Parkinson’s disease, a progressive nervous system disorder, primarily affects movement due to the loss of specific brain cells.
The symptoms of the disease are tremor in limbs, stiffness, problems in coordinating movements, posture problems, and sleep problems.
Some patients may also report behavioural changes like: Depression, Fatigue, Memory difficulties, and Sleep problems.
Parkinson's disease has no cure but it can be managed by making some dietary changes.
Fish oils, fava beans, antioxidant-rich meals, and foods strong in vitamins B1, C, and D are some of the foods that can help.