Parkinson's Disease - What is It?

What is Parkinson's disease? Well, Parkinsonís disease is a movement disorder of the central nervous system, which includes the brain and spinal cord.

In the brain there are certain cells that make a chemical substance called dopamine, which is a neurotransmitter that signals the body when and how to move.

When these brain cells are damaged or die, Parkinson's disease occurs from lack of dopamine to send signals to the body. Movement can become quite difficult.

Parkinsonís is a chronic disease, meaning that it lasts indefinitely; it is also progressive, therefore the symptoms worsen over time and with differing rates of progression for each person.

People have usually lost 80 to 90 percent of their dopamine cells by the time Parkinsonís symptoms develop.

The disease affects 1 Ė 2 people per thousand of the general population and up to 1 per hundred with people over age 65.

Happily you can now take some control over this disease. See the page on glutathione. You might also want to check out the pages on what causes Parkinson's and diagnosis and risk factors for more information.

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