MADRID, January 31 (EUROPA PRESS) –
From 1990 to 2015, the number of people with Parkinson doubled in the world to more than six million. Encouraged by aging, the new study predicts that this amount will double more than 12 million by 2040, and additional factors such as increased longevity or reduced smoking rates could increase the burden to more than 17 million.
Demographics and by-products of industrialization now contribute to the upcoming Parkinson's pandemic, experts in the journal Journal of Parkinson's Disease write. They say the Parkinson community can solve this pandemic, forming PACT to prevent disease, advocate policies and resources aimed at reducing its spread, taking care of all affected people, and deploying effective and new therapies.
Most of the human history of Parkinson's disease was a rare disorder. However, neurological disorders are now the leading cause of disability in the world, and the fastest growing neurological disorder in the world is Parkinson's disease, a disorder that affects the movement, muscle control and balance.
"By 2040 we can really talk about a pandemic that will result in greater human suffering, as well as increase in social and medical costs." How can we raise awareness of this scenario and implement changes in research and development priorities? programs to reduce the risk and burden of the next pandemic? "Says Patrick Brundin, editor of the journal Journal of Parkinson's Disease, magazine in which this study was published.
According to the author, Ray Dorsey from the Department of Neurology and the Center for Health and Technology, University of Rochester (USA), the "tide" of Parkinson's disease is growing and widening. Its frequency increases with age, and the world population is old, because the number and proportion of people over the age of 65 is growing rapidly. The combined result of these two factors is an unprecedented increase in the number of people with Parkinson's disease.
Regardless of Parkinson's, the expected life expectancy for the past two decades has increased for six years. This is likely to increase the number of people with this advanced disease, which is more difficult to treat and may have limited access to care. Numerous studies have shown that the risk of smoking decreases by about 40 percent. If causal linkage is still unclear, reducing smoking rates could lead to higher rates of Parkinson's disease in general.
"In the last century, society successfully faced polyomyelitis, breast cancer and HIV pandemics in varying degrees, because the success of these efforts was a fundamental activism," Dorsey says. Following these examples, the authors suggest that the Parkinson's community reaches the & # 39; paced & # 39; preventing, defending, treating and treating the disease by understanding the root causes (ecological, genetic and biological), spreading new attention patterns and developing new highly effective therapies, since it is the most effective (levodopa) for fifty years.