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New Studies Link Pesticide Exposure to Parkinson’s

By Kevin McClarren, 9:00 am on

A new study has found a link between Parkinson’s and chemicals that we are regularly exposed to, such as pesticides on supermarket produce, and Home Care Assistance Warren believes every family caregiver should be aware of the recent findings.

According to Emory Medical University research, the chemical DDT is tied to a higher probability of developing Alzheimer’s disease symptoms, and more recent findings showed pesticides are also linked with the onset of Parkinson’s. It’s important to know DDT is banned in the United States. This isn’t the first time pesticides have been linked to brain disease, but recent studies, including one from UCLA, discovered a connection between genetic makeup and how exposure to pesticides can affect someone.

In fact, UCLA researchers have discovered that the chance of risk depends on the individual’s genetic formation. In the most pesticide-exposed populations, genetics could increase a person’s chance of developing PD two to six-fold. Therefore, genetic abnormalities can provide important clues to disease development even though most Parkinson’s diagnoses are random rather than hereditary.

Environmental factors, such as exposure to pesticides, have long been suspected of contributing to the development of PD, and these new findings should prompt people to limit exposure to pesticides as much as possible. Those working around pesticides should wear masks, thoroughly clean spills, and wash well following exposure. The best way to protect your family from serious health concerns associated with exposure to pesticides is to eat organic, locally grown fruits and vegetables whenever possible. It’s also important to wash produce before eating and learn which fruits and vegetables have higher levels of pesticides residue. Furthermore, choose less toxic pest control for the home and lawn, and institute a “no shoes” policy inside so chemicals cannot be tracked in.

A great activity to do with your senior loved one that will also help him or her eat better and avoid pesticides is starting a garden to grow your own produce. A wealth of heath benefits are attributed to gardening, from stress relief to instilling a sense of purpose, and it guarantees your senior loved one is getting fresh, pesticide-free fruits and veggies. If you are short on time, find a Warren caregiver who can spend time gardening with your senior and cooking healthy meals. Our caregivers are trained, compassionate, and make your loved one’s health and wellbeing their number one priority. Call us today at (908) 450-9400 to speak with a friendly Care Manager.