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Parkinson's Disease

November 12, 2015 | by Valerie Michel Buck

In the U.S., over one million Americans suffer from Parkinson's disease (approximately 10 million worldwide). Every year, 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's. The frequency and severity of this disease increases with age. An estimated four percent of people with Parkinson's disease are diagnosed before the age of 50.

Unfortunately, many of us do not understand the impact this disease can have on our families and loved ones. Many of us do not know what it is, how to treat it, or even what the signs are.

What is Parkinson's disease?

Parkinson's disease is a progressive disorder of the nervous system. Due to increased changes in heredity, men are more likely to develop Parkinson's than women. The disease usually develops around age 60.  Ongoing exposure to herbicides and pesticides may put an individual at a slightly increased risk.

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