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What causes Parkinson's disease?

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The trouble starts in your brain.

Cells that make the chemical dopamine start to die. Dopamine acts like a messenger that tells another area of your brain when you want to move a part of your body.

When those cells start to die, your dopamine level drops. When it gets too low, you can't control your movements as well and you start to get Parkinson's symptoms.

From: What Causes Parkinson's Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 10/14/2017

SOURCES:

NHS: "Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "What Is Parkinson's Disease?"

Mayo Clinic: "Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Genetics and Parkinson's Disease," "What Is Parkinson's?"

American Parkinson Disease Association: "Theories about What Causes Parkinson's."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Well-Water Consumption and Parkinson's Disease in Rural California."

National Institute on Aging: "Parkinson's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

SOURCES:

NHS: "Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "What Is Parkinson's Disease?"

Mayo Clinic: "Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Genetics and Parkinson's Disease," "What Is Parkinson's?"

American Parkinson Disease Association: "Theories about What Causes Parkinson's."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Well-Water Consumption and Parkinson's Disease in Rural California."

National Institute on Aging: "Parkinson's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

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