Risk Factors

Advancing age is probably one of the greatest risk factors for Parkinsonís disease along with family history. If you have a parent or sibling with the disease you are likely to be doubly at risk.

Environmental as well as genetic factors contribute to the risk. Environmental causes from toxins are thought to be one of the greater risks for Parkinsonís disease.

Strangely enough cigarette smoking and caffeine are associated with a reduced risk of Parkinsonís disease, however the negative effect of smoking to an individuals general health far out weighs the small reduction of risk for the disease.

For women, hormone replacement therapy seems to be connected with those who consume smaller quantities of caffeine in reducing the risk factor.

In the United States it is estimated that there could be at least a million people afflicted with Parkinsonís, with an additional 50,000 new cases diagnosed annually, and this number is expected to increase as the present population ages.

The average age at which Parkinsonís shows up is around 60 years, with increasing risk as people become older. For those under 40 years of age the rate of incidence is quite low.

There are more people affected by Parkinsonís disease than are affected by Muscular Dystrophy, Lou Gehrigís Disease and Multiple Sclerosis combined.

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