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Parkinson’s Facts At a Glance

Updated: Sep 27, 2019

  • Parkinson’s disease is claiming more and more people every year. Parkinson’s disease rates have more than doubled in recent decades.

  • Parkinson’s can develop in younger people but it affects mostly older adults, especially those between the ages of 55-65.

  • Only an estimated 4% of people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of 50.

  • 50% percent more of men are affected with Parkinson’s than women.

  • 40% of people with Parkinson’s experience some level of depression.

  • More people suffer from Parkinson’s disease than disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Muscular Dystrophy, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) combined.

  • Symptoms of Parkinson’s can progress over a period of 20 years or longer.

  • Those with family members suffering from Parkinson’s have up to 25% chance of developing the disease.

  • The combination of environment and genetic factors leads to the development of the disease.

  • More than 1 million people in the U.S. alone have now been diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

  • Experts now estimate that in the world’s most populated nations, rates of Parkinson’s disease will climb to almost 40 million by the year 2030.

  • As on average people live longer and the world’s population of older adults increases, the number of people living with Parkinson’s symptoms is expected to reach an all-time high.

  • Some researchers predict that by the year 2040 U.S. alone will spend about $14 billion annually to help treat Parkinson’s patients.

  • It is estimated that preventing and stopping disease progression could save the healthcare system more than $440,000 for just one person living with Parkinson's disease over the course of their lifetime.

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