What do Parkinson’s, diabetes and heart disease have in common?

Parkinson’s symptoms more severe with metabolic syndrome

In 2017, a University of Colorado study found that metabolic syndrome also is connected with how quickly Parkinson’s progresses once the disease has been diagnosed.

Dr. Maureen Leehey and her colleagues looked at data on 1022 patients with Parkinson’s. Of these, 396 also had been diagnosed with metabolic syndrome.

Over a three-year follow-up period, those with metabolic syndrome showed a more significant increase in scores on the Unified Parkinson’s Disease Rating Scale (UPDRS), a measure of the severity of symptoms.

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