26 AUGUST
2016

Latest Data on Parkinson's Disease in the US - Community Education at Pulse Uniform | Community Education Pulse Uniform

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Important Facts About Parkinson's Disease

  • Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder.
    It first presents with problems of movement.
  • The four major motor problems related to this disease
    are tremor, slow movements, stiffness of arms, legs and
    trunk, and problems of balance/tendency to fall.
  • An estimated 7 to 10 million people worldwide are living
    with Parkinson's disease and as many as 1 million of them
    are Americans.
  • This is more than the combined number of people diagnosed
    with multiple sclerosis, muscular dystrophy and Lou Gehrig's
    disease.
  • Moreover, according to the report from the Center of
    Disease Control and Prevention's National Center for Health
    Statistics, complications of Parkinson's disease are the
    14th major cause of death in the United States. Approximately
    60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson's disease
    each year - this number does not reflect the thousands of
    cases that go undetected.
  • Incidence of Parkinson's increases with age but an estimated
    4% of people with Parkinson's are diagnosed before the age
    of 50.
  • Men are one and a half times more likely to have Parkinson's
    than women. Also, whites are more likely to get Parkinson's
    than African-Americans or Asians.

Monetary Value of Parkinson's Disease

  • The combined direct and indirect cost of Parkinson's
    is estimated to be $25 billion per year in the United States
    alone.
  • Medication costs for an individual person with Parkinson's
    disease average $2,500 a year and therapeutic surgery can
    cost up to $100,000 dollars per patient.

This disorder is chronic and worsens over time and it has no cure. Unfortunate are the people that are suffering from this type of disease. It is best to face it with a limitless positive view in lif

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