Misc Tip Clinical depression is associated with an increased risk of Parkinson’s disease. Learn these three ways to reduce your risk!
A study of more than 23,000 adults, with and without depression, showed that clinical depression is associated with a threefold increase in the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease. The cause of this connection is still under investigation, but researchers suggest that doctors treating older adults for treatment-resistant depression consider the possibility of Parkinson’s or another underlying neurological disease.
Here’s the good news: We know more than ever before about reducing the risk of developing Parkinson’s. Whether or not you have depression, these wellness-boosting steps may decrease your likelihood of Parkinson’s down the road:
Exercise. Exercising in midlife (years before Parkinson’s typically starts) reduces the risk of developing the disease by 30 percent. Aerobic exercise may have a protective effect on brain tissue.
Enjoy a caffeinated beverage. Drinking coffee or tea in moderation has been linked with a lower risk of Parkinson’s. This association involves the effect of caffeine on the brain.
Eat a vegetable-rich diet. Eating Mediterranean-style has been found to lessen the odds of developing Parkinson’s. And while you’re making that Greek salad with olive oil and lemon, be sure to pile on the peppers. In one study, people who ate green, yellow, or red peppers two to four times a week reduced their risk of developing Parkinson’s by 30 percent, while those who ate peppers daily cut their risk by 50 percent. (Researchers are now attributing this protective effect to the natural nicotine content of peppers. Eating peppers may supply your brain with a small amount of nicotine, without the dangers associated with tobacco