The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned cases of illness parkinson, a neurodegenerative disease included within the so-called ‘movement disorders’ (MDS), has doubled in the last 25 years. It usually starts around age 60, but can appear earlier.
Men over the age of 50 represent the main profile of people affected by Parkinson’s. However, although they are 1, 5 and 2 times more likely to develop the disease, experts warn that we should also Distinctive Features of Women with Parkinson’s So that they can be identified and their progress can be stopped at the earliest.
In this sense, explains a series of expert determining factor As development and onset of Parkinson’s in adult women The role of estrogen, postmenopausal changes or conditions such as pregnancy.
“It seems like we women have Parkinson’s related A more benign phenotype due to the effects of the presence of estrogen., says nurse Nativide Mariscal, coordinator of the Movement Disorders Group of the Spanish Society of Neurological Nursing (SEDENE). “Everything indicates that estrogen play a protective role against dopaminergic damage, but more studies are needed to have scientific proof of this”. add.
In fact, there is conflicting research on the matter. some believe that After menopause and the resulting decrease in the hormone estrogen, the likelihood of developing Parkinson’s increases. However, other scientific work argues that there is insufficient evidence that this correlation exists. Therefore, there is a need for more solid data and results in this regard.
A claim that has anecdotal justification, and also explains why Parkinson’s disease is more common in men than women. and is that although it’s true that studies show that They are 1, 5 and 2 times more likely to develop the disease In connection with that, it should be noted that most scientific research on Parkinson’s has historically focused on the group of patients with the highest incidence of the disease: men between the ages of 50 and 80.
It is therefore not surprising that scientists and researchers such as Adrienne Keener, a scientist at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center (California, USA), have realized that movement disorders can also be used in women to reduce its effects and limitations associated with Parkinson’s. How important is it to check. ,
Regarding the characteristics of women with Parkinson’s, Mariscal explains that “Women of childbearing age are suffering worsening of your symptoms in the week before and during your period, such as: fatigue, pain, malaise and mood changes”,
Regarding pregnancy, “grass non-motor symptoms Such as anxiety, depression, sleep disturbances or constipation that may affect them more noticeably, as these are symptoms that are present in both pregnancy and Parkinson’s disease. They may also have problems with walking due to weight gain or instability.” Connects to this expert.
he is Motor symptoms appear later in women and they are more likely to develop a more mild form of Parkinson’s disease. Tremors are a common first symptom for both men and women associated with frequent falls and more severe pain syndrome, but non-motor symptoms such as fatigue, depression, restless legs, constipation, pain, loss of taste or smell, weight changes, and excessive sweating They are more frequent and severe in women.
In contrast, male Parkinson’s patients show more severe postural problems and have worse general cognitive abilities, and that male gender is the main predictor of mild cognitive impairment and its more rapid progression. They are also at risk of developing ‘camptochromia’ (a severe abnormal twist of the trunk when standing or walking).
This is confirmed by a 2020 study, which concludes that women have tremors in the early stages but slow muscle degeneration, while men often have changes in posture or balance as early symptoms. Let’s develop.
On the other hand, despite the lack of much data about Parkinson’s in adult women, it is suspected that it also affects other stages of their lives, such as child-rearing. ,lack of education makes it Breastfeeding is inappropriate. Marshall warned.
Another difference between men and women with Parkinson’s lies in their sex lives. Changes in this area are one of the non-motor symptoms that impair the quality of life of patients and their partners.
Although for men may experience symptoms such as impotence, low libido basically dominate in them, and is associated with symptoms such as low self-esteem, urinary disorders, difficulty reaching orgasm, and sexual dissatisfaction.
In summary, although the risk of developing this malignancy is twice as high in men than in women, women experience more rapid progression of the disease and lower survival rates. Furthermore, in addition to the specific symptoms of Parkinson’s in men and women, there are also differences in response to pharmacological treatments and deep brain stimulation, and in individual ratings of quality of life compared to men.
The latest figures available in the latest World Health Organization report on the subject suggest that more than eight and a half million people worldwide suffer from Parkinson’s. It is also estimated that by 2040, the figure of 12 million people affected by this disease will be crossed. Some studies believe that this condition will reach the level of an epidemic due to its progressive increase on a global scale due to the aging of the population.
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