Over 1 million Americans are suffering from
a movement disorder commonly known as Parkinson’s Disease (PD). This health
condition starts to show for people who are aged 50 and above. However, there
are some individuals that experience it even in their early 30s or 40s. So what
is this Parkinson’s Disease all about?
Parkinson’s Disease Explained
PD is a neurological condition
that slowly progresses as we age. The loss of certain brain cells such as
dopamine is the one responsible on why this disease exists in the first place.
Dopamine is important as it helps on creating smooth muscle movement throughout
different parts of our body. The loss of dopamine cells has been studied by
various researchers worldwide to find the cure for the disease.
Tremor/trembling in the arms,
jaw, legs, or face
Slow movement known as bradykinesia
Stiffness in the limbs and
Impaired balance and gait
Loss of memory
Vivid dreams and dream
Taking medication is the
recommended treatment for PD just like any other movement disorders. In its
early stages, there are different kinds of oral treatment that is effective to
reduce the symptoms. However, keep in mind that side effects may show despite
its effectiveness. That’s why seeing a neurologist first is important so that
he/she can monitor the effects of your medication, manage side effects, and
give you tips and advices for such.
For about 10 years or so,
patients will begin to develop changes in their symptoms that will lead to a
condition called dyskinesias. When this happens, frequent dosing is needed and
some alternative treatment are required.
An option of this alternative
treatment is undergoing a Deep Brain
Stimulation (DBS). It is proven to lessen the tremors or uneasy movement
for people who have PD. DBS uses electrodes, or wires, that are surgically
implanted directly to the brain. It is then connected to a pacemaker-like battery
implanted in the chest. The battery is programmed to deliver small amounts of
electricity to correct abnormal parts in the brain.
Another option is the Duopa therapy. This is a gel infusion
that is instead of taking orally, it is delivered directly into the intestine
by the use of a surgically inserted tube that is connected into an external
pump where the medication is contained.
Obesity is a serious weight problem that
most people have when eating unhealthy foods and not getting enough exercise at
the same time. As time goes by, children have been affected by obesity too.
Several factors come into mind that contributes to child obesity. This includes
not just food choices, but also lack of physical activity, inappropriate child
medications, family history, hormones, emotions, and lack of sleep as well.
How to Know if My Child is Obese?
You can visit your pediatrician
if you want to measure your child’s weight. This way, you will know if your
child is obese or not. Of course, you can just do it at your house if you have
a scale, but consulting with an expert is still the best way to go. Not only a
pediatrician gives you exact results, but they can also give some tips and
tricks to lessen obesity as well.
The Importance of Healthy Weight
The dangers of obesity are the
same for both children and adults. This means that an obese child can also get
high cholesterol, high blood pressure, fatty liver, sleep apnea, and also
diabetes. Obese children are also found to develop depression quickly and are
often to be the target of bullying.
How to Help Your Child Achieve a Desirable
Kids like to munch on anything
they see without seeing if it’s healthy or not. Pair this with an unhealthy
lifestyle with little to no physical activity and voila! you have yourself an
obese kid. What families can do is to cook healthy meals, limiting processed
foods, and incorporating more fruits and veggies to the table. It can be hard
to let your child eat those stuff so you might want to create something such as
giving them rewards whenever they eat a spoonful of veggies or a single fruit.
You can also train and discipline your child not to indulge in front of the TV
too much and have more time spending time together playing outdoors.
Using the 5-2-1-0 Rule
Better yet, you can use the 5-2-1-0
rule which is an effective way to let your kids eat healthier choices and avoid
too much screen time in front of their gadgets.
5 – servings of fruits and
veggies per day
2 – hours less screen time in
front of the TV/smartphone per day
1 – hour of physical activity
0 – sugary foods and beverages
So there you have it. As long as you
incorporate healthy lifestyle choices when it comes to eating and physical
activity, you can lead your child to become a healthier person. So do your part
as a parent, your child will thank you later when they grow up.