Caffeine May Help Treat Parkinson's Disease

Avatar for cmkarla
Administrator
Registered: 01-03-2001
Caffeine May Help Treat Parkinson's Disease
7
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 9:42am

Do you drink coffee? You may want to try it! According to Health Day News, "In a small study of 61 people with Parkinson's disease, Canadian researchers found that giving the caffeine equivalent of about three cups of coffee per day improved motor symptoms, such as slow movement and stiffness. Interestingly, caffeine didn't significantly improve daytime sleepiness, a common symptom in Parkinson's disease." more

Karla
Community ModeratoriVillage.com

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2004
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 11:31am

If it didn't give me the extra jitters, belly ache and headache, I would so be all over this one!  :smileyhappy:


Powered by CGISpy.com
Mom to furangel, Chelse
Avatar for martycee2
iVillage Member
Registered: 04-22-2003
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 1:41pm

I've been a coffee drinker since I was a wee lad, and I love a 'diet coke' later in the morning!  My personal take on this is that caffeine is an 'upper' and therefore it helps get me going! Does it improve my symptoms? In a way I have to say it does but then again it's a stimulant and it's bound to get a person moving in some way....!

My experience is that it doesn't really make a lot of difference when it comes to getting sleepy during the day. However, when you don't sleep well at night you're bound to get sleepy during the day no matter how hyped up you may be! However, if I have enough caffeine in my system any rest I might strive for during the day is cut short and I find myself looking for something to do!

I should also mention that if I drink coffee or eat anything with a lot of chocolate which also contains caffeine, anytime after about 8:00 PM I am ,not going to sleep much that night! I really have to be careful...!

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2004
Thu, 08-02-2012 - 11:27pm
I forgot about the chocolate. And we all know my addiction with M&Ms. But I am with you Marty. If I happen to get caffeine after 4 in the afternoon, I am pretty much doomed to not sleep at all.

Powered by CGISpy.com
Mom to furangel, Chelse
Avatar for cmkarla
Administrator
Registered: 01-03-2001
Fri, 08-03-2012 - 7:54am
luvdchelsea wrote:
I forgot about the chocolate. And we all know my addiction with M&Ms.

LOL-I have never met another M&M addict. I too am an M&M-aholic and do my best not to keep them in the house because I can't not eat them. But I gotta ask you: plain or p-nut?

Karla
Community ModeratoriVillage.com

iVillage Member
Registered: 03-09-2004
Sat, 08-04-2012 - 10:57am

PEANUT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!   But better yet Peanut Butter M&Ms!!!  Altho I have been know to take a spoonful of peanut butter (for the protein of course - :smileyhappy:  ) and add plain M&MS to it!  I heart M&MS!!!!!


Powered by CGISpy.com
Mom to furangel, Chelse
Avatar for lsb210
iVillage Member
Registered: 07-18-2000
Sat, 08-25-2012 - 8:17am
I go in phases of weaning myself off of caffeine and taking a break from the addiction, but then I go back to being a hardcore caffeine consumer. I've been very lucky that my Parkinson's has been a slow progressor, I used to wonder if it was partially due to my Pilates, but now I am wondering if my caffeie consumption is not just an addiction but a benefit!! I am raising my morning Diet Coke in a toast to my Parkinson's pals!
Photobucket