What is Parkinson’s disease? (PD)
PD is a neurodegenerative disorder that leads to an eventual loss of motor system control. PD results from the loss of dopamine-producing brain cells.
By the Numbers, according to the Parkinson’s disease Foundation.
The statistics on PD show that the disorder affects more people than Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS), muscular dystrophy and multiple sclerosis combined. Parkinson’s affects up to 1 million people in the U.S., with as many as 60,000 new cases each year.
What are the Symptoms of PD?
Victims of PD initially possess no visual symptoms, although issues begin to arise gradually. Over time these victims begin to struggle with tremors of the body, including trembling in the hands, arms, legs, jaw, and face. Body parts appear rigid and stiff, and natural movement becomes very difficult. Victims also lose their ability to control postural stability and balance. As these symptoms progress, people with PD lose their ability to walk, talk, or complete other simple tasks. PD often leads to depression in people affected, along with other emotional changes.