Hispanic Population Neuroscience

Risk of Parkinson’s Disease in Hispanic Population

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A 2010 study from the University of Missouri and the American Parkinson Disease Association showed that Hispanic males over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The growing Hispanic population, and increased life expectancy in the United States, contributes to this elevated risk—as well as possible exposure to pesticides at an early age. 

Many cases of Parkinson’s disease may be undiagnosed, as symptoms are often attributed to growing older. Read more about the risk factors and signs of Parkinson’s disease in order to recognize it. Seek treatment if you suspect that you may be affected.

Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

  • Loss of balance
  • Decreased dexterity
  • Slow to move
  • Tremors
  • Decreased facial expression
  • Stiff muscles
  • Weakness

Risk Factors for Parkinson’s Disease

  • People over age 50 are at greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely than women to develop Parkinson’s disease.
  • Caucasians, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic, are twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as African-Americans or Asians.
  • People with a family history of Parkinson’s disease are at an even greater risk. This is especially true in cases of early-onset Parkinson’s. 

Treatment

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease and will gradually worsen with time. While there is currently no cure for the disease, there are medications and other treatments to manage its symptoms. A neurologist can help you manage your Parkinson’s disease. 

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