Health, Wellbeing & medcine

Is tiny handwriting a warning sign of Parkinson’s disease?

Take a look at your old diaries and letters… Was your handwriting once much bigger than it is now? If so, your shrinking scrawls could be an early sign of Parkinson’s disease. So I was told by Professor David Dexter of the charity Parkinson’s UK, when I interviewed him for a feature on unusual symptoms. Handwriting that’s getting progressively smaller can be caused by lower levels of dopamine, which leave you with a diminishing range of movement in your limbs.

Loss of sense of smell (especially, bizarrely, if you can no longer smell pizza!) is another potential sign of Parkinson’s that I covered in my feature for the Mirror newspaper (PDF LINK). I also spoke to experts about why a foggy brain can mean you have a vitamin B12 deficiency, why thinning eyebrows are a sign of a thyroid problem, and how uncontrollable hiccups can signal an underlying medical condition such as a tumour on your phrenic nerves… Read my article here


Mirror weird symptoms pdf