From 1990 to 2015, the number of people with Parkinson disease doubled to over 6 million. Driven principally by aging, this number is projected to double again to over 12 million by 2040. Additional factors, including increasing longevity, declining smoking rates, and increasing industrialization, could raise the burden to over 17 million.
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I blame industrialization. From the article: “Finally, the by-products of industrialization may be contributing to the rising rates of Parkinson disease. Numerous by-products of the Industrial Revolution, including specific pesticides, solvents, and heavy metals, have been linked to Parkinson disease .”
I was exposed to toluene growing up, as was my father. People I know attribute their PD to chemicals in well water and agent orange exposure (different people). I do believe, Iike cancer, some people are more genetically susceptible to develop PD when exposed to environmental factors. Certainly longevity comes into play and better diagnostics.
Interesting article. Thanks for posting.
Seems to me that you've been reading a lot lately.
In case you missed it here's a very interesting book, you can also go to doctor mercola's site and listen to his interview with dr.Mikovitz.
I believe in causes of diseases, and this one has not been explored extensively.
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Yes, I definitely agree that Parkinson's is becoming an epidemic.
Parkinson's disease presents with a wide variety of symptoms. Since some of the symptoms respond really well to levodopa, there is a physician inclination to make the diagnosis of PD. "This may help; let's try some L-dopa." I know, I am a physician. In addition, technology plays a role as MRIs and datscans may support a diagnosis of PD when many other factors are contributing. Thus, there will be a tendency to over-diagnose PD and over-treat vague symptoms.
BTW, the first person to have had PD is possibly King David. Check out "king David has PD on google"