Essential tremor has been designated as a “clinical tremor” – meaning that we can observe it but not yet explain it
It may be referred to by several names including essential tremor, familial tremor, benign tremor, hereditary tremor, etc. The name most often used by the medical community, however, is “essential tremor.”
Generally, essential tremor is described as a movement disorder that causes involuntary, rhythmic shaking, especially in the hands, but can effect multiple parts of the body including arms, legs, feet, head and, in some cases, the voice.
Essential tremor is most commonly observed in day-to-day activities such as eating, drinking, or writing and is not typically observed when the body is at rest.
Essential tremor is not Parkinson’s disease, nor is it the tremors resulting from or associated with head traumas.
SOME RELEVANT FACTS
Among many observations, here are some key facts to be aware of:
• Essential tremor does not shorten your life-span.
• Essential tremor can and does interfere with motor skills that are employed in day-to-day living.
• Essential tremor symptoms are often aggravated by emotional stress, anxiety, fatigue, hunger, caffeine or cigarette smoking.
• Essential tremor can manifest itself at most any age – but research has shown that it becomes more prevalent with age.
The primary symptoms associated with essential tremor include:
• Uncontrollable shaking that occurs for brief periods of time
• Shaking voice
• Nodding head
• Tremors that worsen during periods of emotional stress
• Tremors that get worse with purposeful movement
• Tremors that lessen with rest
• Balance problems (in rare cases)
• The uncontrollable shaking associated with ET is not unique to this condition. Many different factors or diseases can also cause tremors, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple sclerosis, fatigue after exercise, extreme emotional distress, brain tumors, some prescription drugs, metabolic abnormalities, and alcohol or drug withdrawal.
Numbers vary, but essential tremor affects an estimated 3% of the world’s population with numbers increasing dramatically in populations 40 years of age or older.
There are an estimated 228 million sufferers of essential tremor, worldwide!
PREVALENCE BY COUNTRY
This is a global problem!
The number of essential tremor sufferers in the 25 most populated countries of the world are estimated in the following table.
Country Estimated ET Sufferers
1 China 42,285,522
2 India 40,175,404
3 U.S. 9,733,784
4 Indonesia 7,919,741
5 Brazil 6,278,648
6 Pakistan 5,910,479
7 Nigeria 5,726,589
8 Bangladesh 4,940,093
9 Russia 4,319,693
10 Mexico 3,874,898
11 Japan 3,824,534
12 Ethiopia 3,148,723
13 Philippines 3,147,543
14 Egypt 2,926,595
15 Viet Nam 2,866,224
16 Germany 2,463,427
17 DR Congo 2,440,200
18 Iran 2,434,884
19 Turkey 2,422,351
20 Thailand 2,071,125
21 U.K. 1,985,448
22 France 1,949,386
23 Italy 1,780,797
24 Tanzania 1,719,301
25 South Africa 1,701,515
RECENT FINDINGS & RESEARCH
Recent research, conducted at the Montreal Neurological Institute, has found a strong correlation between essential tremor and pre-existing genetic factors.
Other researchers have subscribed for some time to what has been called the “GABA hypothesis.” This theory suggests that deficiencies in GABA levels may be a as causing essential tremor (GABA is an important inhibitory neurotransmitter).
While research continues, we have developed a simple and powerful help for essential tremor sufferers.
Body movement is regulated by systems constantly sending signals throughout the body’s muscular and skeletal structure.
These signals to the body are simultaneously stimulating and inhibiting physical movement allowing us to act, re-act, balance ourselves and move with steadiness.
In the case of essential tremor, it is generally understood that tremors result from the absence or other dysfunction of inhibitory signals traveling through the body. This, in turn, is thought to create the involuntary shaking and lack of control experienced by essential tremor sufferers while attempting to perform everyday tasks.
The circulatory system supports the various control and signaling systems of the body by carrying nutrients, hormones and oxygen throughout the entire body.
Enhancing and strengthening the circulatory system has the effect of bringing renewed health to neurotransmission, chemical messaging, cell receptors and the other movement-related systems of the body.
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