Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disorder that is predicted to affect 930,000 people by the end of 2020 and 1.2 million by 2030. The disease triggers tremors, slowing movements, balance problems and rigidity. There is no known cause or cure and the first line of treatment usually involves drugs that don’t slow the associated neurodegeneration.
About 60,000 are diagnosed in the U.S. each year and to date there are more than 10 million with the disease worldwide. The Parkinson’s Foundation Prevalence Project also finds men are more likely to be diagnosed than women and the number who develop PD rises with age, regardless of gender.