Advancing age- Although there is the occasional case of the disease being developed as a young adult, it generally manifests itself in the middle to late years of life. The risk continues to increase the older one gets.
Sex- Males are more likely to get Parkinson's than females. Possible reasons for this may be that males have greater exposure to other risk factors such as toxin exposure or head trauma. It has been theorized that oestrogen may have neuroprotective effects.
Low levels of B vitamin folate- Researchers discovered that mice with a deficiency of this vitamin developed severe Parkinson's symptoms, while those with normal levels did not.
Patient Toolkit Introduction
The most important member of every health care team is you, the patient. It is essential that every member of the health care team empower you with the tools necessary to make informed decisions about your health care. The information provided in this patient toolkit is designed to answer several of your questions and provide information about certain aspects of the ever-evolving field of Parkinson’s disease. We include several sources, including frequently asked questions, a treatments page, and resources for additional reading and national societies for more information.