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The neurologist called the loss of smell the first sign of Parkinson’s disease

Neurologist Vera Pshenichnikova, Head of the Neurological Department for Patients with Cerebral Circulatory Disorders at Moscow Hospital No. 52, spoke about the first signs of Parkinson’s disease, which affects the central nervous system.

Parkinson’s disease begins to develop long before the onset of hand tremors. It is shaking hands that patients, as a rule, are often mistaken for the first symptom. However, they are a violation of smell and a decrease in working capacity. As the specialist explained, this disease is a gradually progressive process that often goes unnoticed. The doctor recommended tests at home – the sensitivity of smell can be checked on coffee or perfume.

“Parkinson’s disease is a systemic brain disease. It begins with a violation of smell, sleep, decreased performance. These symptoms may last for several years. And then the patient feels a feeling of heaviness in the shoulders, ”the doctor said on the air of the radio station“Moscow speaking».

Pshenichnikova noted that due to ignorance, people with similar symptoms often go to neurologists and are mistakenly treated for osteochondrosis. But in fact, this is a manifestation of the initial stages of Parkinson’s disease. It is better to start treatment at these stages – this will help prolong the quality of life of patients.

The appearance of a tremor in one hand, which then manifests itself in the second, is the next stage in the development of the disease. Violation of motor functions begins gradually. The last stage of Parkinson’s is the complete immobilization of the patient.

According to a neurologist, Parkinson’s may begin to develop not only because of a genealogical predisposition, but also because of poor environmental conditions and other diseases. The specialist noted that the best ways to prevent this disease are: a healthy lifestyle, proper nutrition and physical activity.

According to the American Parkinson’s Association, changes in a person’s voice can also signal the onset of the disease. Experts reported that in people with this disease, the voice gradually begins to fade and turn into a whisper. The patient’s speech may also become monotonous. Previously uncharacteristic stuttering can also indicate the onset of the development of the disease. This was reported on November 10 last year in the publication Express.

According to scientists from the Institute of Cytology and Genetics of the Russian Academy of Sciences, wheat containing anthocyanins (pigments with high biological activity) can be an excellent tool to combat Parkinson’s disease. Such a grain is able to stop pathogenetic processes in the body. Scientists came to this conclusion after conducting research on transgenic mice with Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases. For some time they were fed different grains. Rodents fed wheat with anthocyanins improved spatial memory, learning abilities, and a number of biochemical processes in the brain. This was reported in a scientific institution on January 27.