Is Constipation An Early Sign Of Parkinson's?
A new researched conducted by the Mayo Clinic at Rochester, Minnesota, has found out that people who have complains about constipation could be at a higher risk of getting Parkinson's disease later in their lives.The researchers found that history of constipation was two times more common in a study group comprising of men and women suffering from Parkinson's compared to a similar aged group of men and women who did not have Parkinson's.
Parkinson's is a degenerative disease of the brain that leads to trembling, rigidity of the muscles and problems in talking and walking. The disease changes the autonomic nervous system, which is responsible for the spontaneous processes of the body like heart rate, salivation, bowel movement and digestion.
Many people who suffer from Parkinson's disease also suffer from chronic constipation. This has led many researchers to suspect that chronic constipation could make an appearance before the people start showing the symptoms of the disease.
The study assessed the medical records of 38 years of 196 men and women who had developed Parkinson's and another 196 men and women of the same age who did not have the disease. The researchers found that around 36 percent of men and women with Parkinson's had a history of complain of constipation compared to 20 percent men and women who did not have Parkinson's. The ones who had a history of constipation, started having constipation 19 years prior to the onset of the disease.
However, as there could be many reasons for constipation, and therefore, it cannot be used as a specific marker for Parkinson's. Nonetheless, the findings show that more research is required to get a definitive link between constipation and Parkinson's disease.