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What factors put you at risk for Parkinson's disease?

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It's complicated, but you may be more likely to get Parkinson's based on:

  • Age. It mostly affects people 60 and older.
  • Family history. If your parent, brother, or sister has it, you're a little more likely to get it.
  • Job. Some types of work, like farming or factory jobs, can expose you to chemicals linked to Parkinson's.
  • Race. It shows up more often in white people than other groups.
  • Serious head injury. If you hit your head hard enough to lose consciousness or forget things because of it, you may be more likely to get Parkinson's later in life.
  • Gender. Men get it more than women. Doctors aren't sure why.
  • Where you live. People in rural areas seem to get it more often, which may be because of chemicals used in farming.

From: What Causes Parkinson's Disease? WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 10/14/2017

SOURCES:

NHS: "Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "What Is Parkinson's Disease?"

Mayo Clinic: "Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Genetics and Parkinson's Disease," "What Is Parkinson's?"

American Parkinson Disease Association: "Theories about What Causes Parkinson's."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Well-Water Consumption and Parkinson's Disease in Rural California."

National Institute on Aging: "Parkinson's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

SOURCES:

NHS: "Parkinson's Disease."

Parkinson's Disease Foundation: "What Is Parkinson's Disease?"

Mayo Clinic: "Parkinson's Disease."

National Parkinson Foundation: "Genetics and Parkinson's Disease," "What Is Parkinson's?"

American Parkinson Disease Association: "Theories about What Causes Parkinson's."

U.S. National Library of Medicine: "Well-Water Consumption and Parkinson's Disease in Rural California."

National Institute on Aging: "Parkinson's Disease."

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 14, 2017

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