Parkinson’s Disease: Symptoms, Causes, Stages, Treatment
- Reviewed on 1/28/2021
What Is Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is a common age-related and progressive disease of brain cells (brain disorder) that affect movement, loss of muscle control, and balance. Usually, the first symptoms include a tremor (hand, foot, or leg), also termed a “shaking palsy.” Some experts term the disease as “Parkinson disease.”
How Does Parkinson’s Progress?
Most people develop Parkinson’s disease after age 60 (although a few patients like Michael J. Fox develop it at an early age of about 30 and boxer Muhammad Ali at age 42). Men are about 1.5 times more likely to develop it than women. In general, the disease slowly progresses with more pronounced symptoms developing over many years. Although a few patients, especially those who develop it in their younger years, may have more rapid symptom development, symptoms slowly increase over many years. Treatments may reduce symptoms in many patients.
Early Signs of Parkinson’s Disease
Article submitted by Pat France, MSRN Member