Common Questions

Can anyone get Parkinson's?

Categories : About Parkinson's

Yes, but the risk isn’t the same for everyone.

It is not yet known why people get Parkinson’s disease. It develops because nerve cells begin to die in a region of the brain called the substantia nigra. Parkinson’s disease affects more men than women and it is known that factors such as age, exposure to certain substances in the environment, and your genes can increase the likelihood of its development.[1,2]

Apparent risk increasing factors[2,4]

Occupational exposure to chemicals (like pesticides) or heavy metals (like mercury)

Use of drugs (like cocaine and methamphetamines)

Diet high in saturated fats

date of preparation October 2020