A diagnosis of Parkinson’s disease can be frightening, with visions of tremors and dementia.
As many as a million Americans live with Parkinson’s. But an army of experts are seeking new treatments – and even a cure – with every tool at their disposal. During this National Parkinson’s Disease Awareness Month let’s learn a bit about this condition.
Parkinson’s is the second most common degenerative neurological disorder. Symptoms include loss of movement, rigidity in limbs, loss of intellectual ability, sleep and mood disorders, balance problems, and more. While the disease does strike younger people, on occasion – actor Michal J. Fox, for instance, who started a respected foundation to fight Parkinson’s, it’s mainly seen as a condition that strikes the elderly.
The disease strikes about 50% more men than women.(2) The good news is that treatments can help. The drug levodopa has long been seen as the “gold standard” in treating Parkinson’s symptoms and is seen as effective. Other treatments are used as well.
2. Parkinson’s Disease, National Institute on Aging, accessed March 9, 2019, web, NIA.NIH.GOV