It has been just days since the death of Muhammad Ali was broadcasted and announced to the world. For the young public, Muhammad Ali is a very unfamiliar name, but for those in their 40’s and 50’s, Ali remains as a sports star of the century, making Ali’s death heartbreaking news to accept.
Muhammad Ali was a legendary boxer of the 20th century as well as a human rights activist; he fought for the freedom of religion, the rights of the African Americans, and took part in the Civil Rights Movement in the 60’s.
Parkinson’s Disease took this legendary figure’s life. The death of Muhammad Ali shed light on Parkinson’s Disease, what it is, and the effects of the disease on one person’s health. Then what exactly is Parkinson’s Disease? According to the Johns Hopkins Health Library, Parkinson’s Disease is a movement disorder that can cause your muscles to tighten and become rigid, making it difficult to walk and engage in daily activities. People with Parkinson’s disease also experience tremors and may ultimately develop cognitive problems, including memory loss and dementia. However, each person with Parkinson's will experience symptoms differently. For example, many people experience tremor as their primary symptom, while others may not have tremors, but may have problems with balance. Also, for some people the disease progresses quickly, and in others it does not. It is a deadly disease that affects almost every part of your body as time passes. Parkinson Disease is most common in people who are older than 50, but some younger people may also get Parkinson Disease. When it affects someone younger than age 50, it's called early-onset Parkinson disease. Although the cause for this disease remains as a mystery to be solved even after it has affected approximately 10 million people, the most generally accepted thought is that Parkinson’s Disease is caused by genetic matters. Furthermore, you may be more likely to develop early-onset Parkinson disease if someone in your family has it. The older you are, the greater your risk of developing Parkinson disease. It's also much more common in men than in women.
Muhammad Ali fought his battle against Parkinson’s Disease for about 30 years of his life; from 1984, when he was first diagnosed with the disease to 2016, when the respiratory complications became the cause of his death.