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Ageing comes with all kinds of health issues along with sagging skin, balding head and brittle bones. Even more worrisome is the deteriorating health of the brain and nervous system as you get old. Neuropathy, stroke, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease are some of the conditions that affect senior adults. Since these, the disease affects the nerves, possibilities of damage to movement and memory ability are evident. So, if you doubt you or your dear ones are suffering from any neurological issues, the first thing you must do is to consult and be assessed by a neurologist. We are blessed with a lot of skilled neurologists & neurosurgeons to get treated.

Neurological Diseases That Come With Age

While being assessed by a neurologist, you are likely to encounter a volley of questions followed by subsequent neurological tests. So it is always better to be acquainted with the symptoms of a few neurological disorders beforehand. This section briefs you about a few diseases and their related symptoms.
Parkinson’s Disease
Alzheimer’s Disease
The disorder severely affects the movement and is chronic. Malfunctioning and death of vital nerve cells are the major causes that attribute to Parkinson’s disease. The symptoms may start as a negligible tremor in the hands that would gradually slow or stiffen the movements. Though there is no cure for the illness, medications and surgeries can lessen the symptoms. Check Out - Understanding Early Signs of Parkinson’s and the Preventive Discourse.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive disease that affects the physical and mental functions in the patients. Though the exact cause is unknown, this disease is often identified in the early stages as patients become forgetful of recent events or conversations. There is no known cure for this disease.
A nerve disorder that causes weakness and numbness in hands and feet, Neuropathy is caused because of diseases like diabetes and medications. The disease affects the involuntary bodily functions like digestion, blood pressure, temperature control etc.
Stroke is caused when a blood vessel bursts in the brain or by the sudden interruption of blood supply to the brain. This is a life-threatening medical emergency that often shows symptoms like, arm weakness, face drooping and impairments in speech. If you see, any of these symptoms to anyone immediately call the emergency number.

Myopathy, Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Myasthenia Gravis, and muscular Dystrophy are few diseases that can impair the functions of motor neurons and subsequently weaken the muscles. Few of them are genetic disorders and can be treated for reducing symptoms with dedicated therapy programs.

The diseases and their symptoms are quite scary, but luckily, there are ways to reduce the risk of a few neurological disorders. If not the genetic ones, most of the diseases can be kept at bay by following simple lifestyle basics. Keeping your blood pressure, diabetes, obesity and cholesterol in check and indulging in a healthy lifestyle can help you from succumbing to neurological issues. Though there is no guarantee of not falling ill, being fit will help you to handle the neurological diseases in better ways.

Ways To Prevent Neurological Disorders

This section covers some essential lifestyle habits that can help you to fight against unpredictable neurological disorders.
A healthy diet
A balanced and low-fat diet can reduce the clogging of arteries that are the leading cause of strokes or brain attack. The human body requires only a minimal amount of fat, but unfortunately, the majority of the population consume almost four times the required amount of the harmful fat. Below is a list of healthy diet habits you must follow for a safe, disease-free living
Eat-in lesser quantity and in more frequency
Drink a minimum of 2 litres of water every day
Eat more fruits, grains and vegetables
Avoid indulging yourself in excess sweet treats
Have lean meat and limit fried food
Lastly, stop smoking and reduce alcohol intake

Just like a healthy diet, exercise is a must-do in your routine. Exercise not only has a positive impact on the healthy functioning of your heart and muscles; research shows the endorphins generated during exercise is excellent for your mental health also. Pick up an exercise program and follow it for at least 20 minutes, three times a week. But before beginning an exercise program, consult your doctor for advice if you are over 40 years of age, or having chronic conditions like heart disease, BP, or diabetes.

Few neurological disorders like Carpal Tunnel Syndrome might require specific preventive measures like hand and wrist exercises, proper positioning of hands, taking periodic breaks, or wearing splints at night. Those in the professions which require continuous movement of hands must be careful to follow the above habits to minimize the risk of developing the disorders. Also, medical conditions like diabetes, thyroid, and arthritis must be kept in control.

Frequent monitoring of blood pressure and sugar levels is essential to minimize the risk of neurological issues. If you suspect any symptoms, immediately consult a neurologist. Good neurosurgeons in chennai, TN are easy to find as Chennai is the emerging hotspot for neuro disorder treatment. Get treated early and stay healthy.

Dr. G. Balamurali
Dr. G. Balamurali is one of the leading spine surgeons in Chennai, India. He is internationally trained in all niche aspects of Spine Surgery. He has over 26 years of surgical experience in this field.
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