Journal article

More Research Is Needed on Lifestyle Behaviors That Influence Progression of Parkinson's Disease

Nupur Nag, George A Jelinek

FRONTIERS IN NEUROLOGY | FRONTIERS MEDIA SA | Published : 2019

Abstract

The variability of symptoms in Parkinson's disease (PD) suggests the need for individualized treatment. A key aspect of precision medicine is lifestyle risk factor modification, known to be important in the prevention and management of chronic illness including other neurological diseases. Diet, cognitive training, exercise, and social engagement affect brain health and quality of life, but little is known of the influence of lifestyle on PD progression. Given disease heterogeneity, absence of objective outcome measures, and the confounding effects of medication, investigating lifestyle as a potential therapy in PD is challenging. This article highlights some of these challenges in the desig..

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