1. It is the 2nd most common neurodegenerative disorder after Alzheimers.
2. There are about 4 millions PD sufferers worldwide.
3. Common for those above 65 years old. However, 15% of people with PD are below aged 50.
4. It affects more men then women. Reason unknown yet.
5. About 10% of PD cases are hereditary. The rest are sporadic.
6. The degeneration of dopanmine producing cells – neurotransmittters that control movement – in the brain results in PD.
7. Tremors, muscle rigidity, slowness of movement and poor balance and gait are common symptoms.
8. As the disease progresses, up to 40% of PD patients will suffer from depression, concentration problems, sleep disorder and eventually cognitive decline.
9. No real cure available. No proven treatment to slow process according to medical science.
10. 4 main treatments to manage PD: dopaminergic replacement drugs, rehabilitation, anti-cholinergic drugs and deep brain stimulation therapy
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