All About Parkinson’s Disease

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.

Motor Symptoms

  • Tremor/trembling in the arms, jaw, legs, or face
  • Slow movement known as bradykinesia
  • Stiffness in the limbs and torso
  • Impaired balance and gait dysfunction

Non-Motor Symptoms

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Fatigue
  • Soft speech
  • Insomnia
  • Loss of memory
  • Vivid dreams and dream enactment

Treatment

  • 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.

All About Child Obesity and The Danger It Brings

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 Weight?

  • 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 per day
  • 0 – sugary foods and beverages per day

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.