Nutrition and the risk for Parkinson’s disease: review of the literature
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- Gaenslen, A., Gasser, T. & Berg, D. J Neural Transm (2008) 115: 703. doi:10.1007/s00702-007-0005-4
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The etiology of Parkinson’s disease (PD), the second most common movement disorder, is still unclear. A genetic vulnerability, even in idiopathic PD seems likely. Additional factors like endo- and exotoxins are proposed to contribute to the induction and in some cases possibly acceleration of the disorder. Among the epidemiological risk factors dietary components are being broadly discussed. Moreover, there is a growing awareness of the population concerning possibly preventive dietary habits. However, dietary factors are difficult to assess. This review gives an overview on epidemiological studies addressing a possible relation of dietary compounds and the risk for PD.