Parkinson’s disease (PD) rates are skyrocketing around the world.
In fact, it’s the fastest growing neurological disease, affecting nearly 10 million men and women globally.
It begins slowly with mild symptoms—like tremors or shaking in the hands, arms, or legs.
The signs are often so subtle that it’s hard to get an accurate, early diagnosis.
So, what if I told you there are a few noticeable warning signs?
Potentially allowing you to more quickly receive a diagnosis and treatment plan…
Four pre-existing conditions
According to a new study published in the journal Gut, four gastrointestinal (GI) conditions could predict PD risk…
Dysphagia (swallowing difficulties), gastroparesis (slow or delayed digestion), constipation, and irritable bowel syndrome without diarrhea.
In fact, previous research suggests that idiopathic PD—when it arises suddenly and shockingly—often begins in the gut. (This isn’t surprising, as we know the gut is ground zero for overall health.)
But this is the first analysis to point to a connection between specific GI disorders and PD risk.
Researchers looked at just over 24,500 patients with new-onset PD and compared them against a control group. They also looked at just over 19,000 patients with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and just under 24,000 with cerebrovascular disease (CVD).
Participants were 70 years old, on average. And 18 GI conditions were investigated, from acid reflux to Crohn’s, and everything in between.
Turns out, many pre-existing GI syndromes were linked to PD, AD, and CVD… but only (the aforementioned) four were linked solely to PD.
That said, just because you suffer from a GI disorder does not automatically mean you’ll develop PD. According to the study authors, “The overwhelming majority of patients with these GI conditions will never develop PD.”
At the very least, these findings suggest that physicians should monitor their GI patients and discuss their risk for PD.
Repair your gut
As a reader of mine, you already know that the key to good health lives in your gut. And working on repairing your gut microbiome can help fend off many diseases, PD included.
Three simple ways to support gut health include…
- Avoiding sugar, as it destroys bacteria in your gut faster than antibiotics!
- Filling up on lean protein and healthy fats—and even incorporating natural probiotic foods, like sauerkraut, kimchi, or fermented veggies, into your diet.
- Taking a high-quality, multi-strain probiotic, like Dr. Ohhira’s, daily.
In addition, I talk more about PD—and how Big Pharma makes big BUCKS off of patients—in the upcoming October issue of my monthly newsletter, Logical Health Alternatives.
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“These Four GI Conditions May Predict Parkinson’s Disease.” Medscape, 08/31/2023. (medscape.com/viewarticle/996013)