Scientists from the U.S. and the Netherlands announced that in the near future the world will be engulfed in the pandemic of Parkinson’s disease due to the demographic situation and other factors. This was reported in an article published in the IOS Press.
Disorders of the nervous system are one of the main causes of disability in the modern world and the greatest proliferation over the past decade has received Parkinson’s disease. It is still incurable breach caused by the death of neurons that produce dopamine, causing patients develop tremor, muscle rigidity, instability of posture and loss of balance. From 1990 to 2015 the number of patients has exceeded six million. According to calculations of scientists, by 2040 due to the increasing average age of the population the number of patients will exceed 12 million.
Other factors that increase the risk of developing neurodegenerative diseases are pesticides, solvents and heavy metals released into the environment. In addition, some studies show that the likelihood of Parkinson’s disease is higher among those who do not smoke, but a causal relationship remains to be proven.
According to experts, a pandemic can be prevented, but this will require considerable effort to find a treatment, prevention, and care of the patients.