Degenerative disease is any type of medical condition that causes a body tissue or any body organ to deteriorate continuously causing severe pains to the affected person.
In shorter and more clear terms, degenerative diseases are those medical conditions or illnesses that cause a body tissue or organ to worsen continuously. These diseases can affect any part of the body including the central nervous system (brain and spinal cord), the Heart, the bone, the blood vessel, etc.
Degenerative diseases are classified into three main groups.
- Neoplastic and,
- Nervous system.
Most of these degenerative diseases can be treated because of the advance in medical studies and research, however, few of these medical conditions remain incurable although there are wonderful therapies designed to relieve the symptoms and when properly managed, the patient can have a normal life like any other person.
There are lots of degenerative diseases and anyone irrespective of his or her age can be a victim of degenerative diseases.
Although any age can suffer from the degenerative disease, it is, however, most common among the aged as the more you age, the higher the chance of developing any degenerative diseases.
Usually at old age, the cells become weaker and prone to attacks, moreover, at old age, the nutritional requirement of persons seems to be unstable, giving way for malnourishment, ultimately leading to the over the poor quality of life.
What Are The Causes Of Degenerative Diseases?
Varieties of factors can be responsible for a degenerative disease, while some are as the result of everyday tears and wear, as the body tissue and organs are constantly subjected to various uses, others come as a result of poor lifestyle and food choices.
Some degenerative diseases like Diabetes could also be connected to genetics while a host of other degenerative diseases’ cause is not known yet.
Although the cause of some degenerative diseases is not known yet, however, scientists have been able to identify key similarities in the appears all thanks to imaging technology, cell biology, and biochemistry.
The presence of abnormal proteins in most degenerative disease is a striking similarity although each degenerative disease comes with its own unique symptom and mode of manifestation, although some have a striking semblance of symptoms.
- Overall, the cause of most degenerative diseases is not known although some of their symptoms appear to look alike.
- some degenerative diseases come as a result of wear and tear of body tissues and organs, a direct result of everyday use.
- Poor lifestyle and food choices can also cause degenerative diseases.
- genetics play some rolls in the emergence of certain degenerative diseases like diabetes.
Types Of Degenerative Diseases.
The degenerative disease can be of any of the following forms.
- Neoplastic and,
- Nervous system.
Cardiovascular Degenerative disease is those that affect the cardiovascular system of the body. They affect the structure and functions of the Heart, the circulatory system, and they include
- Coronary Artery Disease(CAD, also called atherosclerosis) which is caused by narrowing or hardening of the arteries,
- Congenital Heart Disease,
- Ischemic heart disease, etc.
Neoplastic(This word originate from Ancient Greek and it means ‘new Formation or Creation) degenerative diseases are those diseases that come as a result of abnormal growth in the body tissue known as turmor and could be either malign or belign turmors.
Cancer is a classic example of a malignant neoplastic degenerative diseases and the danger in it is that, it is capable of destroying surrounding normal body tissue by establishing new growths in other regions of the body through what they called vascular channels.
Other Neoplastic Degenerative diseases are:
- Degenerative arthritis
- Nasopharyngeal Carcinoma.
- Multiple Myeloma.
Nervous system degenerative diseases are disorders that affects the the structure and some times the function of the brain or spinal cord. They are also called central nervous system disorders and they include:
- Parkinson’s disease.
- Huntington’s disease(Mostly inherited and occur as a result of Degeneration of neuronal cells throughout the brain and is thout to affect nearly 10 persons in every100,000 people of Western European descent).
- Alzheimer’s disease.
- multiple sclerosis.
Nervous Degenerative diseases distrupts lots of your body’s activities, such as balance, movement, talking, breathing,as well as your heart function.
In summaray, apart from these seemingly popular and well-studied degenerative diseases some of which are not well-covered in this article, there are some other less studied diseases that are capable of assuming a more deadly proportion and more studies need to be done to cover such diseases affecting our tissues and organs.