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Don't Get Sacked by Parkinson's - Know the Full Range of Symptoms
Date:4/8/2013

ve, neurological disease that occurs when certain cells in the brain stop producing enough of a chemical called dopamine.iii Dopamine plays several important roles in the body, and a lack of dopamine can cause a wide range of symptoms affecting multiple body systems. iv,v,vi

Symptoms of Parkinson's disease are typically categorized as either affecting motor function or non-motor function. The cardinal motor symptoms include stiffness, tremors, slow movements and postural instability.vii In addition, the medical and research communities are starting to better understand the full spectrum of symptoms that can have a significant impact on a patient's life. It is estimated that 60 percent of people with Parkinson's have two or more non-motor symptoms, and that 25 percent have four or more.viii Common non-motor symptoms include:

  • Cognitive changes, such as memory problems or trouble paying attentionix
  • Depression, anxiety, irritability, decreased motivation or apathyx
  • Sleep disorders, ranging from insomnia to drowsinessxi,xii
  • Skin disorders, such as rashes or dandruffxiii
  • Gastrointestinal or urinary disordersxiv

Parkinson's disease is the second most common neurological disorder affecting older people in the United States. xv  Each year, between 50,000 and 60,000 new cases of Parkinson's disease are diagnosed in the U.S.; worldwide it is estimated that 7 to 10 million people have Parkinson's disease. xvi Most people are diagnosed with the condition when they are in their sixties;xvii and men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson's than women.<
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