Sunday, October 26, 2008

RBD & Neurodegenerative Disease

I would be remiss not to mention all the research that indicates RBD is often a precursor to the development of neurodegenerative diseases, such as Parkinson's Disease and Lewy Body Dementia. It was a great concern when my Dad received his diagnosis of RBD. But because of this, my Dad is evaluated annually by a neurologist. We have been so fortunate that so far, so good! It is imperative that people with RBD be routinely evaluated for signs of developing other problems.

More information can be found here:

Disturbed Sleep Tied to Parkinson's Risk

Can a Sleep Disorder Predict Parkinson's?

Sleep Disorder Related to Parkinson's Disease

Sleep Disorder Could Signal Neurological Disease: Finding could help docs spot those at risk for dementia, Parkinson's, researchers say.

Parkinson's-Related Sleep Disorders

Violent Sleep Disorder Linked to Form of Dementia

Mayo Clinic Studies Find REM Sleep Disorder is Associated with Other Features of Neurodegenerative Disorders

And I also recommend reading Dr. Carlos Schenck's comments after his appearance on ABC-TV Nightline via his website here.