Parkinson's symptoms include shakiness in the hands and limbs, difficulty walking, dizziness, rigidity, dementia, difficulty thinking, among others. Parkinson's disease patients often already show progressed nervous system damage at the time of diagnosis.
The good news is the damaged a-synuclein proteins originate in the small intestines and migrate slowly up to the brain. It is now possible to detect pathological a-synuclein in the gut up to twenty years before diagnosis, according to Per Borghammer who led the study, a professor at the Department of Clinical Medicine at Aarhus University, Denmark. If detected early in the gut, treatment can begin even before symptoms begin to show in the Parkinson's patient.
The research was originally reported September 13, 2019 by the American Association for the Advancement of Science news release on its Eureka Alert!