Parkinson‚Äôs disease is a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system.¬† The symptoms are caused by the death of dopamine generating cells in the brain.¬† Symptoms of the disease are shaking, rigidity, and movement along with mental symptoms such as thinking and dementia.¬† Resent research shows that men are more likely to get the disease than women. ¬†The question is why does this occur?¬† One reason behind this is due to the different life styles between the genders.¬† Men tend to have jobs that expose them to toxic chemicals which have been linked to causing PD.¬† MPTP is a chemical which has been shown to cause Parkinson‚Äôs like symptoms and is now used to cause the disease in rats for testing.¬† Men are also more likely to get a head injury severe enough to cause damage which later on could lead to PD.¬† Another fact could be the types of hormones men and women produce.¬† Research has shown estrogen may have protective effects against the formation of the disease.¬† Men tend to have a higher level of iron in their body than women. ¬†This is a problem because research shows that the accumulation of iron in the brain is another possible factor for PD.¬† However, the research at this time is inconclusive if this maybe another factor to why men are more like to develop PD.
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