Hearing Loss Could Lead to Parkinson, New Large Study Reveals

Hearing Loss Could Lead to Parkinson, New Large Study Reveals
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Parkinson’s disease affects millions of people worldwide, and perhaps the worst thing about it is that there is no apparent cure. Even the cause leading to the awful disease is unknown, but the good news is that patients still have ways of going on with a good quality of life.

We must all be on the lookout for early signs of Parkinson’s disease. At least two of these signs might surprise you.

Beware of hearing loss and epilepsy

According to a new study that BestLifeOnline.com is telling us about and that was published in JAMA Neurology, hearing loss and epilepsy are also early signs of Parkinson’s disease.

The health records of over one million people from East London were analyzed, meaning that the results can surely be trusted. Other signs such as memory loss and tremors were also found. 

Those who suffered from epilepsy were found to have 2.5 times higher chances of dealing with Parkinson’s disease. As for hearing loss, it was found that those dealing with such a condition had a 66 percent higher risk of facing Parkinson’s disease.

According to previous studies, there could be a connection between medication for epilepsy and Parkinson’s disease. There could be some causality there, but research is needed. 

The research team said, as quoted by BestLifeOnline.com quotes:

In the meantime, it’s important that primary care practitioners are aware of these links and understand how early the symptoms of Parkinson’s can appear, so that patients can get a timely diagnosis and doctors can act early to help manage the condition.

Cristina Simonet, MD, a neurologist, and a Ph.D. student, explained as the same source cites:

This is the first study focusing on the pre-diagnostic phase of Parkinson’s in such a diverse population with high socioeconomic deprivation but universal access to healthcare.

We’re eagerly waiting for new studies on the subject!


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Cristian Antonescu

Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

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