“The brain gets smaller as we age and we call that atrophy,” says Dr. Michael Okun, professor at UF Health and national medical director of the National Parkinson Foundation. As we age, cells slowly die. The doctor explains that in Parkinson’s disease, for example, symptoms such as tremors or slowness will start to develop once a patient loses 60% of dopamine cells. “Some experts believe that if we live long enough, we will all lose enough cells and inevitably develop a neurodegenerative disease,” says Okun.
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