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Hoehn and Yahr Staging of Parkinson's Disease
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Maintaining Optimum Wellness
If you have recently been diagnosed with Parkinson's disease, it is important to recognize that the condition is one that demands adaptation, not despair. Learning to pace yourself, prioritize goals, and make timely use of physical, occupational and...
About Parkinson's Disease
What is Parkinson's disease?Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder.  It occurs when certain nerve cells (neurons) in a part of the brain called the substantia nigra die or become impaired. Normally, these cells produce a vital chemical known...
Parkinson's Disease Risk Factors
Although a primary cause for Parkinson's disease is yet to be identified, a number of risk factors are clearly evident. Advancing age- Although there is the occasional case of the disease being developed as a young adult, it...
Waist circumference and waist–hip ratio
The absolute waist circumference (>102 cm in men and >88 cm in women) and the waist–hip ratio (the circumference of the waist divided by that of the hips of >0.9 for men and >0.85 for women) are both...
BMI
An obese male with a body mass index of 46 kg/m2. Weight 146 kg (322 lbs), height 177 cm (5 ft 10 in)Body mass index or BMI is a simple and widely used method for estimating body fat...
Obesity
Obesity is a condition in which excess body fat has accumulated to such an extent that health may be negatively affected.It is commonly defined as a body mass index (BMI) of 30 kg/m2 or higher.This distinguishes it from...
Treatment
Unless hypertension is severe, lifestyle changes such as those discussed in the preceding section are strongly recommended before initiation of drug therapy. Adoption of the DASH diet is one example of lifestyle change repeatedly shown to effectively lower...
Measuring blood pressure.
Diagnosis of hypertension is generally on the basis of a persistently high blood pressure. Usually this requires three separate measurements at least one week apart. Exceptionally, if the elevation is extreme, or end-organ damage is present then the...
Prevention
The degree to which hypertension can be prevented depends on a number of features including: current blood pressure level, changes in end/target organs (retina, kidney, heart - among others), risk factors for cardiovascular diseases and the age at...
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