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Parkinson’s Awareness
Week 2015
April 20th-26th
One person in every 500 has Parkinson’s. That’s about 127,000 people in the UK. Most people who get Parkinson’s are aged 50 or over, but younger people can get it too.
Symptoms and how they progress are different for everyone. There is currently no cure, but drugs and treatments are available to manage many of the symptoms.
What is Parkinson’s?
People with Parkinson’s do not have enough of a chemical called Dopamine in their body because some nerve cells in their brain have died. Without dopamine people find that their movements become slower and so things take longer to do. The loss of nerve cells in the brain are what causes the symptoms of Parkinson’s to appear.
symptoms of Parkinson’s?
Everyone with Parkinson’s has different symptoms. The main symptoms people seem to experience are tremors, rigidity and slowness of movement. As well as affecting movement, people with Parkinson’s may find other issues such as tiredness, pain, depression and constipation, which can have an impact on their day to day lives.
For further information, support or advice about Parkinson’s call the Parkinson’s confidential helpline on 0808 800 0303 (calls are free from UK landlines and most mobile networks). Alternatively you can email or visit
April Fools’ Day Foods - Healthy Foods Fooling Us All...
Junk foods do not fool anyone, everyone knows they include lots of sugars and preservatives that don’t offer much nutritional value to us. However, there are a number of foods masquerading as “healthy” when they don’t fall short from tipping over to the unhealthy side. Here are some examples:
• Granola – It is not always the healthy option it pretends to be. Look at commercially prepared brands which can often be loaded with fat, sugar and calories. Some of the fat is certainly healthy as it is from nuts but take note of the serving size on your favourite brand... ever pour yourself too much?
• Vitamin water – The words “vitamin” and “water” almost divert the attention from the label which contains crystalline fructose, which is a fancy name meaning sugar derived from corn. At 50 calories a serving (and there are two and a half servings per bottle), it isn’t far off the average fizzy drink.
• Smoothies and pureed fruit snacks – Homemade pureed fruit and vegetables can make for a delicious mix, but store bought smoothies are often loaded with sugars. While
you might stir in yoghurt at home, restaurants are likely to add juice or
even ice cream to the mix. The same can
be said about the drinkable fruit pouches, which are often made with concentrated fruit juice... a healthier name for sugar!
• Gluten free – More people are now opting for “gluten free” foods, but it certainly
doesn’t mean it’s healthier. A gluten free
dessert for example may not contain any wheat, but that doesn’t mean it is sugar
and calorie free.

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