Parkinson’s disease is a chronic and progressive disorder that leads to shaking and difficulty with walking, movement and coordination, as well as speaking and writing. Parkinson’s disease, a common nervous system disorder that develops after age 50, affects both men and women and sometimes occurs in younger adults.
What causes Parkinson’s Disease?
Parkinson’s disease is caused by a low and constant decreasing of dopamine. Dopamine is a brain chemical used by nerve cells to help control muscle movement. Dopamine helps send messages to the brain that control coordination and movement. Without dopamine, the nerve cells become worse overtime, which contributes to the loss of muscle function.
Risks Factors for Parkinson’s Disease
Risk factors for Parkinson’s disease include:
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- Age – begins in middle age and increases with age
- Exposure to toxins – consistent exposure to herbicides and pesticides
- Heredity – a relative with the disease
- Sex – men are more likely than women