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10 kwi 2019
Parkinson’s disease is a disorder of the nervous system, it is a condition where parts of the brain become progressively damaged over many years. It mainly develops in people over the age of 50, rarely it develops in those under 50, It becomes more common with increasing age. It affects men and women but is a little more common in men.
The number of people diagnosed with Parkinson's in the UK is about 145,000. That's around 1 adult in every 350.
It’s very rare for Parkinson’s to run in families. However, for a small minority of people with Parkinson’s, there is a genetic link.
Symptoms can include:
- Slowness of movement
- Stiffness of muscles
- Loss of sense of smell
- Balance problems
- Memory problems
When to seek medical help
See you GP if you concerned that you may have symptoms of Parkinson’s disease.
Your GP will ask about your concerns and may refer you for further tests if necessary.