The brain and the central and autonomic nervous systems are all affected by neurological disorders. Neurological disorders are diseases of the brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Neurological disorders can be caused by brain injury, infection or inflammation of the brain and/or spinal cord, genetic disorders, developmental disorders, physical trauma (e.g., due to an accident or stroke), or degeneration of the nervous system from old age. Some neurological disorders may be temporary and treatable, while others may be permanent and require long-term care.
What Causes a Neurological Disorder?
There are many different types of neurological disorders, and they can be grouped into several categories: motor disorders (movement problems), sensory disorders (problems with feeling), autonomic nervous system disorders (problems with controlling things like blood pressure), psychiatric disorders (mental health problems), sleep disorders (difficulties falling asleep or staying asleep), cognitive dysfunction disorders (memory issues), epilepsy (seizures).
Wide variety of factors can cause neurological disorders, including genetics, poor gut health, immune issues, infections, toxins, and traumatic brain injuries.
Neurological conditions can also be caused by triggers that make changes to the brain often associated with aging. These include Alzheimer’s disease, which is the most common type of dementia; Parkinson’s disease; Huntington’s disease; multiple sclerosis; and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). Neurological disorders can also be caused by chronic illnesses such as diabetes or high blood pressure. “Age-related” neurological conditions are often preventable or symptoms regressed with lifestyle and health changes.
- Mood swings
- Irritational behavior
- Depression or hallucinations
- Excruciating pain
- Muscle weakness
- Partial or complete paralysis
- Decreased alertness
- Poor cognitive abilities
- Seizures or brain fog
- Partial or complete loss of sensation
- Difficulty with focus or memory
According to the data from Parkinson’s Foundation
- Nearly one million people in the U.S. are living with Parkinson’s disease (P.D.). This number is expected to rise to 1.2 million by 2030. Parkinson’s is the second-most common neurodegenerative disease after Alzheimer’s disease.
- Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with P.D. each year.
- More than 10 million people worldwide are living with P.D.
- The incidence of Parkinson’s disease increases with age, but an estimated four percent of people with P.D. are diagnosed before age 50.
- Men are 1.5 times more likely to have Parkinson’s disease than women
According to the data from CDC,
- In 2020, around 5.8 million Americans were living with Alzheimer’s disease.
- The number of people living with the disease doubles every five years beyond age 65.
- This number is projected to nearly triple to 14 million people by 2060.
Why treating the root cause of neurological diseases important?
Treating the root cause of neurological diseases is important because it helps to improve the quality of life for those suffering from these conditions. By treating the root cause, we can take some of the pressure off of our patient’s immune system, which is often overworked from trying to fight off a disease that can’t be cured.
Neurological diseases come in many forms and have many symptoms, but they all share one thing: they’re often caused by something other than a virus or bacteria. Maybe it’s an autoimmune disorder, poor gut health, epigenetics, or maybe it’s a genetic mutation. Whatever it is, if we treat the underlying cause of your disease, we can significantly reduce your risk of developing further neurological issues down the line.
Asking yourself, “What is wrong with me?” while juggling various medications and doctors who don’t always listen is excruciating. At Benehealth, we track down the underlying causes of your anomalous illnesses and make a specialized treatment plan so you can feel better.