Addressing the Leading Causes of Death in Licking County

Parkinson's Disease Death Rate

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Story Behind the Curve

Parkinson's disease is a brain disorder that leads to shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with walking, balance, and coordination.

Parkinson's disease occurs when nerve cells, or neurons, in an area of the brain that controls movement become impaired and/or die. Normally, these neurons produce an important brain chemical known as dopamine. When the neurons die or become impaired, they produce less dopamine, which causes the movement problems of Parkinson's. Scientists still do not know what causes cells that produce dopamine to die.

Licking County's Parkinson's Disease mortality rate is higher than the state rate of 8.7 (2017). 

Both men and women can have Parkinson’s disease. However, the disease affects about 50 percent more men than women. One clear risk factor for Parkinson's is age. Most people with Parkinson’s first develop the disease at about age 60.

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