Prevalence of Parkinson's
As matters stand today, Parkinson’s Disease is, after Alzheimer’s, the second most common degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. Today, at least 1% of individuals over 65 years of age suffer from this disease, which paints an ominous image for us all, especially when considering that it has seen a huge growth as of 2005 when over 4.1 million individuals around the world suffered from it. Furthermore, it is estimated that, in 25 years, this number will climb to over 8.7 million individuals suffering from Parkinson’s disease.
A common misconception is that there are not enough investments in place to research and produce a cure for the disease. On the contrary, the United States spends over $23 billion each year on Parkinson’s research and treatments, 49% of which stems from indirect costs from productivity loss in the affected individuals, while 20% corresponds to annual prescription drug costs. Other costs come from inpatient care, outpatient care, and uncompensated care.
However, despite sparing no expense on the research of the disease, we are still ways off from actually finding a cure for it. Regardless, there are some natural methods anyone can adopt which can help keep the symptoms under control or, in some cases, even reverse them. But before getting into these, we first need to go over some of the disease’s major mechanisms.