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Young Onset Parkinson disease in numbers. Did you know?

Most people know that the risk of developing Parkinson disease increases with age, especially over 50 years. What most people are shocked about, is when a young person (under 50) is diagnosed. In that case, it is called Young Onset Parkinson Disease (YOPD).

Not only we are shocked by the diagnosis, but we are lost in trying to learn anything and everything about the disease. This is what happened to me as well when I was diagnosed at the age of 28!!

I was looking (right and left and center across internet) to learn more about this disease and its importance in terms of numbers. After analyzing and crossing different trustworthy website such as Parkinson UK, Parkinson Foundation,...), I thought it is paramount for me to share my findings with you.

Young Onset Parkinson disease key data
Young Onset Parkinson disease key figures

Did you know that?

  • Parkinson disease is the 2nd most common neurodegenerative disorder in the world

  • The number of Parkinson patients is expected to grow by 30% as the population continues to age in the next decade.

  • It is estimated that 1 in 20 people first experience some Parkinson symptoms when they're under 40.

  • With a population of around 145,000 Parkinson disease patients in the UK, we can estimate roughly 7,250 of those to be under the age 40.

  • Men are 1.5 times more likely to develop Parkinson’s Disease than women

  • 35% of people with Parkinson experience depression at some point in the course of their disease

  • It remains extremely rare that Parkinson's-like symptoms appear in children and teenagers. This form of the disease is called Juvenile Parkinsonism and is often associated with specific, high-Parkinson Disease risk genetic mutations.

If you want to know more about Young Onset Parkinson disease, please click below and visit the Young Onset Parkinson Disease page on my website.

If you have an interesting statistic about Young Onset Parkinson disease, please send it to me in the message box after click below.

Young woman diagnosed with Parkinson disease at the age of 28
Mariam Bennouna, diagnosed with Parkinson disease at the age of 28

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