The Mediterranean Diet
A new study suggests a strong correlation between the Mediterranean diet and later onset of Parkinson disease (up to 17 years later in women and 8 years later in men). It is important to take note of the impacts specific foods and micronutrients may have on brain health and to drive home the connection between the gut and the brain in disease management. The study was published in Movement Disorders.
Loneliness Linked to Increased Risk of Parkinson's Disease
New research suggests that preventing Parkinson’s disease, the second-most common neurodegenerative disease, may involve addressing loneliness. This ground-breaking study, the first to establish an emotional state as a potential risk factor for Parkinson’s, analysed data from nearly 500 000 participants over 15 years. Those reporting loneliness showed a significant association with eventual Parkinson’s diagnosis, irrespective of age, genetic risk, and sex. Loneliness may impact Parkinson’s risk through stress-induced inflammation, affecting dopamine-producing neurons, and by reducing social interaction that stimulates neuroplasticity. Recognising loneliness as a potential risk factor may open avenues for preventive interventions in Parkinson’s disease.
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