AA | Saturday, April 10, 2021 – 15:48 | Last Updated: 10 04 2021 – 15:48
Health Sciences University Neurology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Reza Sonkaya, about 10 million in the world, while Turkey said it estimated that no patients with parkinson around 150 thousand in the year ahead in parallel with the increase in the aging population this number is stated that exponentially increases will be considered.
Assoc. Dr. Sonkaya told Anadolu Agency (AA) that this chronic and progressive disease is known to be caused by a lack of dopamine in the brain, marking World Parkinson’s Day.
Sonkaya explained that Parkinson is the most common neurodegenerative disease (with loss of brain cells) after Alzheimer’s, “Parkinson’s is 1.5-2 times more common in men than in women, and it usually starts around the age of 60. It is 5-10 percent in young people. However, it is known that the incidence increases as we get older after the age of 60. The probability of the disease being seen in young people increases even more in societies where consanguineous marriages are common, as in our country. It is estimated that there are approximately 10 million Parkinson’s patients in the world and 150 thousand in our country. parallel to that, it is thought that it will increase exponentially in the coming years. ” used the expressions.
Referring to the most common symptoms of the disease, Sonkaya gave the following information: “These symptoms are slowing of movements, trembling in one hand (there is also a form without tremor) and stiffness in the body, especially when at rest. As the disease progresses, balance disorders, walking problems, shrinking in letters while writing, Dullness of facial expression, drop in blood pressure, depression, anxiety and speech disorder can be added.In addition, constipation, decrease in smell and ‘REM sleep behavior disorder’, which is called ‘REM sleep behavior disorder’, can be added to the present clinical picture of Parkinson. Sleep disorders can be seen. In our country, the diagnosis and treatment of Parkinson may be delayed because a significant number of patients are not aware of their disease or think that these findings are caused by other diseases. If people feel one or more of these symptoms, they should definitely consult a neurologist. “
The disease can be controlled with early diagnosis and treatment.
Neurology Specialist Assoc. Dr. Rıza Sonkaya stated that there is no known definitive treatment method for the complete elimination or prevention of Parkinson’s, “However, early diagnosis and treatment is important because it can delay the disruptions caused by dopamine deficiency in the brain. The disease is largely controlled with some medicated treatments.” he spoke.
Assoc. Dr. Sonkaya added that in addition to medical treatment, family support, patient’s effort, involvement in life, engaging in physical activities and avoiding habits such as smoking and alcohol are very important in this disease.