Risk of Parkinson’s Disease in Hispanic Population


En Español

A 2010 study from the University of Missouri and the American Parkinson Disease Association showed that Hispanic males over the age of 65 are at the greatest risk of being diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. The growing Hispanic population, and increased life expectancy in the United States, contributes to this elevated risk—as well as possible exposure to pesticides at an early age. 

Many cases of Parkinson’s disease may be undiagnosed, as symptoms are often attributed to growing older. Read more about the risk factors and signs of Parkinson’s disease in order to recognize it. Seek treatment if you suspect that you may be affected.

Signs of Parkinson’s Disease

  • Loss of balance
  • Decreased dexterity
  • Slow to move
  • Tremors
  • Decreased facial expression
  • Stiff muscles
  • Weakness

Risk Factors for Parkinson’s Disease

  • People over age 50 are at greater risk of developing Parkinson’s disease.
  • Men are 1.5 times more likely than women to develop Parkinson’s disease.
  • Caucasians, both Hispanic and non-Hispanic, are twice as likely to develop Parkinson’s disease as African-Americans or Asians.
  • People with a family history of Parkinson’s disease are at an even greater risk. This is especially true in cases of early-onset Parkinson’s. 

Treatment

Parkinson’s disease is a progressive disease and will gradually worsen with time. While there is currently no cure for the disease, there are medications and other treatments to manage its symptoms. A neurologist can help you manage your Parkinson’s disease. 

Parkinson’s Disease Groups, Foundations and Resources

Recent Updates

Recipe: Power-Packed Protein Balls

JUN 14, 2021

Looking for a recipe that takes minutes to make and is full of feel-good ingredients? Look no further; we’ve got you covered!

Read More Additional information about Recipe: Power-Packed Protein Balls | St. Luke's Health

Ease Back Into Exercise: 4 Essential Tips From Doctors

JUN 08, 2021

Thinking of exercising again? Here's what doctors are saying on how to ease back into your workout routines safely.

Read More Additional information about Ease Back Into Exercise: 4 Essential Tips From Doctors

Get Started With Deep Breathing To Reduce Anxiety

MAY 17, 2021

Set aside time to get comfortable and practice breathing in and out. Learn more about deep diaphragmatic breathing with a free guide.

Read More Additional information about Get Started With Deep Breathing To Reduce Anxiety

Find a Doctor


Looking for a doctor? Perform a quick search by name or browse by specialty.