What Increases Your Risk
A risk factor is anything that increases your chances of getting sick or having a problem. Risk factors for
Parkinson's disease are hard to identify, because
the cause of the disease is unknown.
Advancing age is the only known risk
factor for typical Parkinson's disease (not including early-onset Parkinson's).
Most instances of Parkinson's occur after age 50. But the illness
does occur in people between the ages of 30 and 50 or, in rare cases, at a
A very small number of people with Parkinson's have a
close relative who also has the disease. But it doesn't appear that a family
history of typical Parkinson's significantly increases your risk for the disease.
Having a family history of the disease is a more
significant risk factor in cases of early-onset Parkinson's, but this
form of the disease is not common.
Poisons in the environment
Some research suggests that
long-term exposure to certain environmental risk factors such as pesticides,
chemicals, or well water may increase a person's risk of developing Parkinson's