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Parkinson’s disease is one of the most common ailments among the aging population. Fortunately, new advances in PD treatments, assistive devices, and patient care are being made each year that increase the quality of life for those who have been diagnosed with this illness. Following are 12 interesting facts about Parkinson’s disease presented by Boca Raton Home Care Assistance.
1. Men are twice as likely as women to develop PD.
2. Despite the fact that Parkinson’s disease is commonly deemed an age-related illness, it is virtually non-existent among the oldest demographic, which is comprised of people ranging between 110 and 120 years old.
3. PD affects 1 percent of all people 56 years of age and older.
4. There is no specific laboratory or blood test that can be used to achieve a definitive PD diagnosis. Instead, doctors run a battery of tests to rule out other illnesses until they arrive at a PD diagnosis.
5. Some research has led medical experts to believe that Parkinson’s could be the result of exposure to environmental toxins, repeated head trauma, brain inflammation, prolonged use of prescription medications, illicit drug use or viral infection. A definitive cause of PD, however, has not yet been discovered.
6. Approximately 4 million people throughout the world have been diagnosed with PD.
7. Approximately one in 20 PD patients are diagnosed before the age of 40.
8. 12 is the age at which the youngest PD patient was diagnosed.
9. Japan is the only country in the world in which the number of women with PD is greater than the number of men.
10. More than 6,000 years ago, L-dopa in seed form was already being used in India to treat the symptoms of PD.
11. It is believed that red-haired people have twice the likelihood of developing PD. The pigment that gives red hair its distinctive hue is comprised of L-dopa (much like dopamine), the very substance that is deficient in those with PD.
12. Deep brain stimulation or DBS may reduce fluctuations. Patients who exhibit a positive response to PD medications but experience fluctuations may benefit from a surgical procedure that entails the implantation of an electrical transmitter that delivers small but continuous electric signals to the brain’s center of movement control.
If you provide home care for an elderly parent with Parkinson’s, know that you don’t have to do it alone. Home Care Assistance of Boca Raton can help. Our expertly trained caregivers are available on an hourly or live-in basis, our dedicated Care Managers are available 24/7, and all of our care services are backed by a 100% satisfaction guarantee. For more information, please call (561) 826.9282 today.