Who Does PD Effect?
Parkinson's disease affects about 1 in 300 people in the general population. The prevalence increases with age to about 1.6% (1,560 per 100,000) in people over the age of 65. There are currently between one million and 1.5 million in the United States with Parkinson's disease. Most people are diagnosed with the disease between the ages of 55 and 65 and about 85 percent of people with Parkinson's are over the age of 65. There are an estimated 60,000 new cases of PD diagnosed each year and this number is increasing yearly as the population of the United States shifts. Men are almost 1.55 times more likely to be diagnosed than women.
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