Statistics for journalists
This page outlines statistics about Parkinson's for journalists and other media professionals.
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Parkinson’s UK estimates around 145,000 people with diagnosis of Parkinson’s in UK in 2018.
Broken down within the UK, for 2018, that’s:
- England – 121,927
- Scotland – 12,184
- Wales – 7,692
- Northern Ireland – 3,716
With population growth and ageing, this is likely to increase by a fifth, to around 168,000 people in the UK, by 2025.
1 in 37 people alive today will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime.
AGE (ESTIMATES THROUGHOUT THE UK FOR 2018)
Number of people with Parkinson’s under the age of 50: 1,757 (1.2% of people with a diagnosis of Parkinson’s are under the age of 50.)
- 50-59 years old: 8,661
- 60-69 years old: 25,626
- 70-79 years old: 56,845
- 80-89 years old: 45,450
- 90+ years old: 7,180
More men than women get Parkinson’s. We don’t know why men are more likely to develop the condition than women, but it may be due to a combination of biological factors (such as hormones or genetics) and lifestyle factors (such as exposure to chemicals).
Men aged 50-89 are 1.5 times more likely to be diagnosed with Parkinson’s than women.
Number of men in the UK, aged 50-89, with Parkinson’s: 76,059
Number of women in the UK, aged 50-89, with Parkinson’s: 52,111
Note: the number of people below the age of 50 and over the age of 90 are too small to divide by gender accurately.