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Parkinson's Disease | May 10, 2016 | By Jonita Dixon

Surprising Facts About Parkinson’s Disease

happy-senior-man-sitting-outdoorsBecause Parkinson’s Disease affects an estimated 1 million individuals throughout the country, it is important that people educate themselves on this specific condition. There are a few facts about Parkinson’s that you might not already know, and we want to provide you with some surprising information about the disease.

Fact #1 – Men Are Twice As Likely To Develop Parkinson’s

Several studies have shown that when it comes to developing Parkinson’s Disease, men are twice as likely to develop the disease as women are. This includes studies in populations from around the world (Finland, Spain, Italy, Poland, China, and the United States). While researchers have not found a cause for this discrepancy, they believe it might be because estrogen (the female hormone) has some potential protective effect on our nervous system.

Fact #2 – Parkinson’s Disease Can Develop At Any Age

While most people assume that Parkinson’s is an “older person’s disease,” it can affect people of all ages. In fact, it is possible for children to develop Parkinson’s Disease. When looking at the million people who suffer from the progressive movement disorder, around 2 percent are under the age of 40. Out of that 2 percent, 65 percent of people are less than 20 years old.

Fact #3 – The Cause Is Still Unknown

At this time, there is no known cause (or a cure) for Parkinson’s. However, the latest studies have shown that when it comes to the development of the condition, genetics may play a large role. Studies show that if you have a relative with Parkinson’s, your chances of developing the disease later in life increases by 9 percent.

Fact #4 – There Is No Standard Diagnostic Test

Because there are currently no blood or laboratory tests that are able to confirm or rule out the disease, it can be challenging to diagnose Parkinson’s. This is one of the reasons that out of the one million people living with the disease, only around 60,000 have an accurate diagnosis. Rather than focusing on a standard diagnostic test, doctors will perform an examination and consider a patient’s neurological history. The examination focuses on muscle stiffness, balance, and tremors. Once all other possible illnesses are ruled out, doctors will often conclude that Parkinson’s is the only viable diagnosis.

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