Parkinson’s affects almost one million Americans with over sixty thousand new diagnoses each year. It affects fifty percent more men than women. This is because estrogen acts as a barrier for the immune system, protecting from the disease. This is the only explanation that researchers have been able to come up with thus far, because the cause of Parkinson’s is still very much unknown. (WebMD, 2014)
Parkinson’s disease is a highly genetic disorder and therefore, people whose parents were diagnosed, are likely to be diagnosed as well. It is shocking, that twenty to twenty five percent of people diagnosed with the disorder also have a relative who is diagnosed. Ethnicity is not a factor in the disease. Anyone can be diagnosed.
It is most common for Parkinson’s symptoms to appear after age fifty. The most common age to begin experiencing symptoms is age sixty. The immune system is becoming weaker at this point in time, and therefore, the disease has an easier time affecting the person. It is extremely rare for a person to begin experiencing Parkinson’s before the age of fifty. The only explanation researcher have for this, is heredity. Only five to ten percent of all people with Parkinson’s are diagnosed before the age of fifty. (No author, …show more content…
Generally, the treatment of Parkinson’s involves exercise, good nutrition and physical therapy. Physical therapy will help with a patient’s everyday motor function. The therapist will often work on balance and reduction of freezes due to stiff muscles. A good diet is important because of depression and slow muscle movement. Depression is often a common side effect of Parkinson’s, so therefore a person may lose interest in eating good food. It may be difficult to eat because of the impaired movement as well. If a person is taking medication for parkinson’s, there will often be the side effect of nausea and vomiting. This could be extremely hazardous to the health of the patient if they do not have good nutrition. (Fallon and Cataldo,