Parkinson’s disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects about 1 million Americans (and 10 million around the world), making it the second most common disorder of its type. According to the Parkinson’s Foundation, about 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease (PD) annually.
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While PD is characterized by tremors, as well as trouble with balance and even speech, there are ways to improve quality of life through lifestyle adjustments. From becoming more confident with mobility to enhancing your diet, here are some tips for those living with the disease.
Staying on your feet can be a challenge for those with PD. However, University of California San Francisco (UCSF) Health has some simple suggestions to help. For example, it notes you should move slowly when changing positions, especially if you tend to feel lightheaded. It says to avoid pivoting to turn around, and instead “make a wide U-turn.”
The source also adds some tips for the morning routine. It suggests sitting on the side of the bed for 15-seconds before rising after you wake, and then stand for 15-seconds with a support before attempting to walk. “This can prevent dangerous falls,” it explains.