In a nutshell
This study investigated the factors associated with Parkinson´s disease (PD) progression. Researchers suggested the use of helmets in sports, limited pesticide use and a reasonable intake of coffee may prevent the disease.
PD is a complex disease that affects mostly aging people. PD happens because of a loss of brain cells in one part of the brain responsible for motor functions. This leads to physical symptoms such as muscle rigidity and loss of balance. The current research identified factors associated with PD. However, it is still unclear if these factors increase or decrease the risk of having PD and PD progression.
Methods & findings
This study analyzed 104 other studies that identified factors involved with PD. Factors such as the use of pesticide, head injury, drinking poor quality water and family history were found to increase the risk of PD. Coffee drinking and smoking cigarettes were associated with a decreased risk of PD.
A few of the studies analyzed reported that lower uric acid (a chemical found in the blood produced through the breakdown of some foods, such as red meats, seafood and alcohol) levels were associated with higher PD progression.
The bottom line
This study determined that promoting the use of helmets in sports, eliminating the use of pesticides and drinking a reasonable amount of coffee is associated with a reduced risk of PD.
The fine print
This authors only analyzed studies published until 2012. Further studies should include newer research regarding factors associated with PD.
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Jul 01, 2017
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