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Constipation link to Parkinson's disease
[Posted: Wed 15/08/2001 www.irishhealth.com]
Men who suffer with constipation are more likely to be diagnosed with the neurological disorder, Parkinson's disease, the results of a new study indicate.
The study looked at almost 6,800 men aged between 51 and 75, over the course of 24 years.
Constipation is the infrequent and difficult passage of stool. For this study, it was defined as having less than one bowel movement a day.
Those who suffered with constipation were found to be 2.7 times more likely to develop Parkinson's, compared with men who had an average of one bowel movement per day.
The research took into account a number of factors, including the men's age, whether they smoked and their use of laxatives.
The researchers were unable to determine why this link exists, however they suggested that Parkinson's may affect gut function long before it is discovered anywhere else in the body.
The results of this study can be found in the latest edition of the medical journal, 'Neurology'.
Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder, which causes muscle tremor, stiffness and slowness of movement. It affects around 5,000 people in Ireland.
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|Anonymous Posted: 12/02/2002 16:06|
|My Dad always suffered from constipation,he was diagnossed with Parkinsons. I think there is definately a link between the two.|
|pauline(lavender) Posted: 08/12/2002 22:08|
|Could Parkinsons be linked to bad/inappropriate diet? 1 + 1 = 2 ?|
|Jim Posted: 19/11/2005 20:05|
|I am suffering from severe constipation. I have overdosed on duclax to try and cure my problem. No success.I am desperate as I dont have an appointment with my consultant until next friday. I am very worried.|
|Boots Posted: 12/10/2006 16:43|
|Constipation seems to occur in Parknson's a lot - mostly because of some of the medication (also because, like the rest of the body, the gut slows up too). Drinking lots of water or fruit jiuce, getting some exercise, and eating lots of high fibre food seems to help (the usual advice given to anyone with constipation). On the www there is a recipe in one of the US support organisations for concoction called FRUIT PASTE for this complaint in Parkinson's. Dried apricots have more fibre than prunes I read somewhere... Another suggestion - fill a 2 litre bottle full of water and drink from that (via a glass!) during the day, and you will see just how little water you normally take! If it is serious, talk to your doctor about taking something to ease the constipation - and talk to him before trying anything other than what is mentioned above - no self medication!. Since levodopa is absorbed in the upper gut, and not in the stomach, being constipated can mean your food stays a long time in your stomach, and if your medication stays with it (and it does), then you won't get the benefit - you can check this on any Parkinson's website.|
|Anonymous Posted: 23/11/2007 21:43|
|I would like to refute two theories from the correspondence: 1. "Could Parkinsons be linked to bad diet?" Absolutely not. My 88-year-old father suffers from Parkinsons. He loves his food, and has had a very healthy diet all his life. Though his walking and his speech are affected quite severely, and falls occur, he lives a very independent life, lives by himself, drives, reads voraciously and is a splendid cook (putting the rest of us to shame with his soups, stews, brown bread etc.!) 2. The idea that constipation could cause Parkinsons: Parkinsons CAUSES constipation, not the other way round. The excellent HSE professionals who care for my father have advised him to take a Movicol sachet once a day, along with his medication. This he supplements with stewed figs, prunes and the said brown bread, and manages the constipation.|
|Bry Posted: 15/06/2008 23:48|
|The digestion tract plays a significant role in distribution of glutathione and other nutrients that attack free radicals. Free radicals play a significant role in the deterioration of dopamine receptors. Parkinsons patients have reduced function in the reception area as a result of the free radicals damaging this area. Therefore the digestive tract (and constapation) can indeed cause parkinsons if the intended nutrients aren't able to be distributed to the proper areas and reduce the free radicals in a given autonomic function.|
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