Slash your risk of Parkinson's today
Depression is more than just a rotten mood. In some cases, different types of depression can be your first and only warning sign of a serious imbalance in your brain.
And if you don't fix it now, you could face much bigger problems in the years to come -- including triple the risk of Parkinson's disease, according to one major new study.
Now, I know that sounds more than a little terrifying, especially if you've faced your own battles with the blues. (And who hasn't?)
But there's hope here, too -- hope that you can overcome different types of depression and slash your risk of Parkinson's at the same time.
First, don't worry about the depression that comes with life's sad events. That's part of what makes you human and will usually go away on its own with time, the support of loved ones and prayer -- and it won't increase your risk of Parkinson's disease.
And second, if you're facing chronic depression, don't wait.
Take action now to get it under control, because this is the type of depression that really can increase your Parkinson's risk, according to the study of different types of depression. And while the study doesn't show why the link is there, it's no mystery to me.
Chronic depression is often a sign of those chemical imbalances I mentioned earlier -- especially problems with dopamine and serotonin. Not coincidentally, these two neurotransmitters also play a major role in Parkinson's.
Parkinson's, as I'm sure you know, is marked by shakes and tremors.
But that's not all this disease can do to you.
It's a degenerative disorder in which you slowly lose control of your muscles -- and along with the telltale tremors, you can lose your ability to stand, walk, talk and even feed yourself.
That's why it's critical to slash your risk now and overcome different types of depression while you still can. Starting with working to make sure that chronic depression doesn't go untreated.
Your own doctor will recommend antidepressant drugs, but the study shows how futile that approach is: Many of the seniors who took part switched meds two or three times or more, still battled chronic depression, and still faced that increased Parkinson's risk.
No surprise, since the drugs do nothing to correct dopamine and serotonin imbalances.
But where drugs fall short, natural solutions can deliver big -- and I've got more on that coming up next, including one depression-beater you're not going to believe.