If you or someone you love has been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, you know how frightening it can be.
As I’ve shared with you before, I myself was diagnosed with the disease about a decade ago — and I remember the fear I felt at that first sign of it.
Mainstream doctors will tell you it’s a progressive disease, and that it’s only going to get worse.
But the fact is, the earlier you catch the disease, the better your chances to slow its progression. And Australian researchers may have come up with a major breakthrough in early Parkinson’s detection.
In fact, they’re working on a method that would allow you to get help BEFORE that first tremor appears.
It’s as simple as a blood test, and it may become a reality very soon.
The idea is that neurodegenerative diseases are caused by a malfunction in your cells’ mitochondria, where energy is produced. In the case of Parkinson’s, the signalling systems in the cells go haywire, creating toxic by-products that damage the brain.
The researchers are now studying blood samples of Parkinson’s and non-Parkinson’s patients, so that they can identify any biomarker that’s present only in the Parkinson’s samples.
The blood test they’re developing, then, would be the first of its kind to detect that biomarker – which, theoretically, would be present BEFORE you feel even the slightest trembling.
So far, it’s been tested on only a small number of patients…but already, the results are promising enough to have been backed by the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research so the scientists can continue and expand their research.
If all goes as planned, this diagnostic test could be fully developed within the next few years.
In the meantime, there are some simple lifestyle changes that can help you feel better whether or not you’re on the path to a future Parkinson’s disease diagnosis – including eating a “back to basics” Paleo diet and spending more time off the recliner than on it.
In fact, inactivity is a big problem with Parkinson’s patients. But the good news is that you have your choice of activities – because there’s plenty of evidence showing that bicycling, boxing, dancing, yoga, and even video games that force you to get up ALL provide multiple benefits.
They can slow the progression of Parkinson’s disease, help improve your stability, and give you more energy.
I’ve also been able to keep my Parkinson’s from advancing by limiting my exposure to environmental toxins – like mould – and loading up on healthy antioxidants, like glutathione.
I’ll be sure to keep you updated on the progress of this diagnostic blood test, and any other developments in Parkinson’s detection and treatment.
Diagnostic blood test shows promise in early detection of Parkinson’s, gizmag.com/blood-test-parkinsons-la-trobe/43086/