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Serious Shortage of Doctors Affects Parkinson's Disease Patients


Everyone that suffers from Parkinson’s disease has to have the proper support and help for them to cope with the physical and even emotional changes that come with the disorder. It is a serious lifetime condition that needs to be taken seriously.  However, there has been a growing concern among professionals since the numbers of available doctors that are specialized in treating Parkinson’s disease are having a difficult time keeping up with the number of cases of the disorder. It continually increases over the past few years and even more is expected to come in the future. Here are some statistics about the disease:

  • There are nearly 60,000 Americans diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease each year and more than 10 million cases of the disorder are recorded worldwide according to a statistic by the Parkinson’s Disease Foundation (PDF).
  • There’s also an estimate of 4% wherein people are diagnosed with the disorder before they even reach the ripe age of 50.
  • In terms of the prevalence based on gender, men are 1 ½ times more likely to develop the disorder than women.