Parkinson’s Disease & Muhammad Ali

With great sadness, a legend of his own Muhammad Ali passed away at the age of 74 fighting a battle he could not win Parkinson’s disease. Ali had suffered from the disease since the early 80’s. As a three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer, he retired and committed his life to philanthropy and social activism. Did boxing contribute to Ali acquiring Parkinson’s disease? Medical professionals and researchers still do not know, as the cause is unknown and there is no cure.

Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder with over one million people in the United States suffering from it, and approximately 60,000 people are newly diagnosed each year. The onset of this disease usually begins around the age of 60.

The disease affects neurons in an area of the brain called substantia nigra; this area of the brain controls a person’s movement and coordination. For an unknown reason, the malfunction and death of neurons lower a person’s dopamine levels; thereby, reducing their ability for correct movement and coordination.

Symptoms of Parkinson’s

  • A slowness of movement
  • Tremor of the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face
  • Stiffness of the limbs and trunk
  • Impaired balance and coordination

Treatment Options for Parkinson’s

  • Medication
  • Surgery to manage symptoms

New Treatment Options for Parkinson’s

A breakthrough procedure where cutting-edge stem cells is being utilized and administered either intravenously or subcutaneously- under the skin in patients with Parkinson’s Disease.