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Risk factors for Parkinson's disease

Age

Young adults rarely experience Parkinson's disease. It ordinarily begins in middle or late life, and the risk continues to increase with age.

Heredity

Having a close relative with Parkinson's increases the chances that you'll also develop the disease, although your risk is still no more than about 4 to 6 percent.

Sex

Men are more likely to develop Parkinson's disease than women are.

Exposure to toxins

Ongoing exposure to herbicides and pesticides puts you at slightly increased risk of Parkinson's.

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