Stem Cell Treatment for Parkinson's Disease in Bristol, VA
What is Parkinson's Disease?
Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder characterized by limb tremors and muscle stiffness. The official cause is unknown, but the disease is triggered when the neurons that produce dopamine break down and die.
The disease can often lead to depression and other emotional changes. Sleep disorders are also common as are problems with bladder and constipation.
Preventing Parkinson's Disease
Because the cause of Parkinson's disease is unknown, there is no surefire way to prevent it. However, some have found that increasing caffeine intake, getting regular aerobic exercise, and maintaining a healthy diet can reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.
The most common risk factors believed to be associated with Parkinson's disease include:
- Family history of Parkinson's
- Old age
- Gender (men tend to be at greater risk)
- Exposure to certain herbicides and pesticides
Symptoms of Parkinson's Disease
- Tremors in the hands and limbs
- Muscle stiffness
- Difficulty standing or walking
- Impaired speech, sense of smell and sleep cycle
Stem Cell Treatment for Parkinson's Disease
There is no set standard for the speed at which the disease progresses, although slow progression is not uncommon. Fortunately, modern medicine has made the challenges of living with Parkinson's disease more manageable. Parkinson's disease is not fatal. However, severe symptoms can increase the frequency of accidents resulting in death such as falling.
Stem cells are a versatile type of cell which may be developed to serve a variety of purposes within the body. These cells are found in some places on the adult body as well as in the amniotic fluid surrounding the human fetus. Recently it has been found that stem cells may be directed to produce dopamine that acts like native dopamine when introduced into the brain. A lack of dopamine is believed to be a major contributor to the onset of Parkinson's disease, making this breakthrough particularly valuable.
Stem cell treatments are being developed which attempt to reduce and remove the symptoms of Parkinson's disease by harvesting, processing, and reintroducing stem cells into the body. For more information of the use of stem cells in treating Parkinson's disease, call (423) 482-8711 or contact AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center online.
AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center
Address1604 Lamons Lane
Johnson City, TN 37604
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