Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s is a progressive, debilitating disorder that starts in the brain cells that control motor function.

Boxing legend Muhammad Ali is one of more than 1 million Americans who are living with Parkinson’s disease, and each year another 60,000 are diagnosed.

The boxer's daughter, May May Ali, joins The Doctors to set the record straight about her father’s health and discuss new advancements in the fight against Parkinson's disease.

“Being a part of a Parkinson’s community and learning more about the disease, you and your family, is so important because it can improve your quality of life," she says.  "The more you know, the better it is.”

Common symptoms:

  • Resting tremors in hands, arms, legs and/or jaw
  • Stiff joints
  • Loss of coordination
  • Shuffling walk
  • Loss of fine motor skills

Treatment options:


Since he stunned his fans when he announced he had Parkinson's disease in 1984, boxing legend Muhammad Ali has championed research efforts and inspired others with his winning attitude.


May May Ali says her father was originally misdiagnosed and encourages people with loved ones who have Parkinson's to eduate themselves and build a support group.

Dr. Jeff Bronstein, director of movement disorders at UCLA, says researchers are gaining a better understanding of what causes Parkinson’s, which is leading to advancements in treatment.


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