The United Kingdom National Health Service (NHS) says that most people with Parkinson’s start to experience symptoms when they’re over 50. However, around 1 in 20 people with the condition first develop symptoms when they’re under 40. Men are said to be slightly more likely to get Parkinson’s disease than women, the NHS further notes.
Canadian-American actor Michael J. Fox is one among the rare population affected by Parkinson’s at a young age.
While he kept silent about his progressive disease for about 7 years, it was in 1991, that the actor, then 29, was first diagnosed with young-onset Parkinson’s disease. He disclosed the news in 1998, when he began campaigning for increased Parkinson’s research.
Talking to People magazine, Fox revealed that it was on the set of the film Doc Hollywood, when he first noticed a twitch in his left pinkie finger.
According to his foundation, namely the Michael J Fox Foundation, symptoms of the condition “are different for different people”.
That said, let us first understand what Parkinson’s is…