You may think Parkinson's disease affects only elderly men, but the fact is up to 100,000 women under the age of 50 suffer from this neurological condition. Luckily research shows there are a few simple steps you can take to protect yourself.
- Go for joe Adults who sipped at least half a cup of coffee a day were two to three times less likely to develop the disorder than those who rarely drank it, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
- Choose good fats Eating a diet high in poly- and monounsaturated fats—found in nuts, fish, and olive oil—reduces your odds of getting the disease by 30 percent, say scientists from Erasmus Medical Center in the Netherlands.
- Hit the gym Harvard researchers discovered that people who engaged in moderate or vigorous exercise, like running and swimming, for five to six hours a week were 40 percent less likely to develop Parkinson's than couch potatoes.