Depression and Parkinson’s Disease… Swedish study shows a link

Depression and Parkinson’s Disease… Swedish study shows a link

The other day there was a story in the news about a study conducted in Sweden that strongly suggests there’s a link between depression and Parkinson’s disease.  This really caught my attention as I have struggled with depression in the past, and my father lived and died with Parkinson’s.

depression from 123rfThis study followed the entire population of Swedes who were over 50 as of the end of 2005.  It was easy to track the health of these people as Sweden maintains a detailed database of the health of its citizens.  They found over 140,000 people who had been diagnosed with depression between 1987 and 2012.  They also found 1,485 of the over 50 population had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Only 0.4 percent of the Parkinson’s patients had never been diagnosed with depression while 1 percent of those diagnosed with depression developed Parkinson’s.

Approximately 8 percent of Americans struggle with some level of depression, and that number is even higher in women in their 40’s and 50’s.  20% of that population is taking anti-depressants.  It’s estimated 7 to 10 million Americans have some symptoms of Parkinson’s disease which can include tremor, rigid muscles, problems with or uncontrolled body movements.

While this does not mean depression causes Parkinson’s, there appears to be a link between the two conditions.

This subject was brought to wide media attention by the death of Robin Williams who was believed to have been suffering from both.  An autopsy revealed however, that he was most like suffering from Dementia with Lewy bodies, which is a specific type of dementia that can only be accurately diagnosed by autopsy.

While the Swedish study is interesting, it occurs to me that they are all missing the elephant in the room.  It’s an ever more recognized fact that autopsies on people who suffered with depression and/or Parkinson’s disease show inflammation was present in their brains.

Inflammation is beginning to be acknowledged as the root cause of disease and aging.

brain inflammation

I don’t understand why this is so difficult for people to grasp.  We need to reduce our inflammation to be healthier and avoid debilitating conditions.  Inflammation in our bodies is caused by many factors, but the first and most obvious cause is the food we are eating.  We must stop putting chemicals, processed foods and sugar in our bodies.  We are killing ourselves with the food we are eating!

I speak from personal experience as I cured my decades-long struggle with depression by changing how I eat.  I eliminated everything in a box, all fast food, sugar, processed everything… gone!

Believe me when I tell you that you can transform your life by changing how you eat.  I did it, and you can do it too!

I want to share two books with you that were huge in my own transformation.  The first is The Blood Sugar Solution by Dr. Mark Hyman and the second is Grain Brain by Dr. David Perlmutter.  They are so worth your time to read, and if you put them into action, you too can change your life!

Make Major Improvements in Your Life!

Cheryl A Major, CNWC

Cheryl A Major, Certified Nutrition & Wellness Consultant

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