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10 Facts on Parkinson’s Disease

Parkinson’s disease

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

Additional Reading:
Parkinson Disease – Best Selling Book Online by Lianna Marie