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New Guidelines for Parkinson's Disease

By Sandra Ray, Staff Writer

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Eating a sensible diet is another mechanism that will help keep the Parkinsonís patient as healthy as possible. While discussed previously, there are no specific vitamins proven to have an effect on PD. Yet, eating a healthy diet can improve cardiovascular health and keep the person in good physical health. Since Parkinsonís is a progressive movement disorder, it makes sense to keep a personís weight at a manageable level in order to keep movement issues at bay as long as possible.

The new guidelines for PD act as a set of protocols to better assist physicians in diagnosing, treating, and managing the disease. In addition, it provides patients and caregivers with information about standardized treatments that have been scientifically proven to provide some relief from the diseaseís devastating effects. Since the guidelines are based on rigorous research and leave room for new scientific developments, doctors have the ability to deliver the best possible care to patients and their families. Patients can assume a more active role in the management of their disease.

Caregivers also benefit from the guidelinesí issuance because they have a better understanding of the basics of PD and what to expect during the diagnosis phase and with different treatment options. For example, caregivers will learn that depression is treatable and does not have to be endured as part of the disease. As a result, caregivers are better equipped to help their loved ones make informed choices about their medical care. Overall, the guidelines provide a better quality of life for patients and caregivers, while equipping physicians to make informed diagnosis, treatment, and disease management decisions.


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