Is Coffee Good For Parkinson’s Disease?

Parkinson’s disease is a type of debilitating neurodegenerative disorder. Age for parkinson’s disease onset is usually more than 60 years, but research study has revealed and estimated that about one among them people diagnosed to suffer from parkinson’s disease before crossing 50 years age and with slightly more number of affected men as compared to affected women.

Cardinal features of the problem are slowing down of various motor functions, resting of tremor, rigidity in muscles, gait disturbances and impairment in postural reflex. Underlying pathological lesion of the disease involves progressive destruction of various dopamine neurons present in the midbrain.

Parkinson’s disease is something that you may not notice all of a sudden. This is because; during the early stage, your symptoms will be of mild i.e. you may feel uneasy or tired. You may even notice your body parts, especially hands as shaking slightly or you may face difficulty to stand in one place.

Even your speech may become slightly soft or slur or handwriting appears as small or different. Along with this, you may forget a particular thought or work and may feel anxious or depressed. However, as the symptoms related to parkinson’s disease problem grow, patients often experience troubles with their daily activities.

Your family members and/or friends may often spot changes in your way of writing, communicating and other activities. It may be easy for others to notice your stiff movements, tremors or lack of your facial expressions.

Is Coffee Good For Parkinson's Disease?

Is Coffee Good For Parkinson’s Disease?

Currently, one cannot able to find any prevent related to the prevention or slowing down of neuronal loss and thereby, decrease of dopamine inside the midbrain. However, epidemiological and experimental research studies have focused on dietary, lifestyle and environment-based risk factors to deal with Parkinson’s disease, including the consumption of coffee and caffeine.

Research Study of Coffee/Caffeine Influence on Parkinson’s Disease Patients

Until now, many epidemiological studies have reported an inverse yet a dose-responsive relationship between the consumption of coffee/caffeine and the risk related to the development of Parkinson’s disease.

Consumption of coffee appears to delay or reduce to develop parkinson’s disease problem and caffeine is the casual factor associated with it. On the other side, if you consider the case of women suffering from Parkinson’s disease, interaction between hormonal therapy and caffeine still requires detailed clarification.

Facts Highlighted in the Recent Research Study

Study published on 1st of August 2012 in the sector of Neurology has tracked 61 Parkinson’s disease patients as exhibiting symptoms related to daytime sleepiness and tremor.

Medical experts gave participants to get either placebo pill for two times in a day or 100miligrams caffeine pill for two times in a day for maximum 3 weeks. Post three weeks, research study experts gave 200 milligram of caffeine pills for 2 times in a day i.e. caffeine approximately equal to 2 to 4 cups of coffee.

After a research study of total six weeks, people consuming caffeine pills achieved about five-point improvement on the severity rating scale associated with Parkinson’s symptoms than others consumed placebos.

Indeed, it is a modest improvement and the right one to give benefits to people suffering from Parkinson’s disease. Besides improvement in parkinson’s disease symptoms, researchers have even observed about three-point improvement approximately associated with speed of body movements and extent of stiffness usually experienced by Parkinson’s disease patients than their caffeine free counterpart individuals.

Studies have even justified that people intake caffeine less likely to develop the incurable Parkinson’s disease. However, it is the first study in human beings, which highlighted caffeine/coffee, is helpful with symptoms related to motor fluctuations and body movements among people suffering from Parkinson’s disease.

On the contrary, coffee intake fails to improve the problem of daytime sleepiness among parkinson’s disease patients. In simple words, coffee with caffeine has provided only equivocal and borderline improvement in the excessive somnolence in various parkinson’s disease patients, but improved the objective motor/movement measures. Therefore, a long study is essential to determine whether caffeine/coffee effects wear off with time or not.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:September 25, 2018

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