The Link between Parkinson’s disease and diabetes

The Link between Parkinson’s disease and diabetes

A recent study demonstrated an association between Parkinson’s disease and diabetes. Dr. Gilbert explains why the connection between these two conditions is important and how an understanding of the relationship between Parkinson’s disease and diabetes may open up new treatment avenues for Parkinson’s disease.

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Anti-cholinergic Drugs – A Risk Factor For Dementia?

Anti-cholinergic Drugs – A Risk Factor For Dementia?

You may have read that certain medication prescribed for Parkinson’s disease can cause dementia. Dr. Gilbert will weigh in on the science behind this topic, including how these drugs work, and if there’s any casual relationship between them and an increased risk of dementia.

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Lewy Bodies, Dementia, and Parkinson’s – What Does it all Mean?

Here are two common scenarios that may sound familiar:

Scenario 1
A patient develops a series of neurologic symptoms, is evaluated by a neurologist and is told that she has Parkinson’s disease (PD). She then visits another neurologist for a second opinion and is told she has Lewy Body Dementia (LBD).

Scenario 2
A patient has his first visit with his neurologist and is told that he has PD, at a subsequent visit the diagnosis is changed to Parkinson’s disease dementia (PDD), and at a follow up visit the diagnosis is changed yet again to Dementia with Lewy Bodies (DLB).

Both of these situations understandably cause great uncertainty and frustration.

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