The world is becoming home to a greater number of elderly people as there are a huge population of older adults thriving in life with advancements in medical care. This also makes space for various health problems to strike these individuals right from age-related issues to physical and mental health problems as well. The first common age-related neurodegenerative disorder is Alzheimer’s disease followed by Parkinson’s disease (PD). PD is characterized by movement dysfunction, imbalance, cognitive and other non-motor impairments affecting almost 3% of the world population above the age of 65 and up to 5% individuals above the age of 85 as well. The disease seems to be unfavorable to both men and women in different ways-while men are almost two times at a higher risk of developing PD the condition progresses very rapidly in females once it affects them causing premature death. Apart from causing different experience in both genders it also seems like biological sex plays a prominent role in PD and understanding these differences could help doctors come up with better treatment strategies and improve patient care.
A complete list of the differences in motor and non-motor symptoms in men and women was published in a review in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease. According to this review:
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