Jeremy Paxman reveals Parkinson’s diagnosis

Broadcaster Jeremy Paxman has announced that he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s, and that his symptoms are currently mild.

In a statement today, Jeremy Paxman, who is 71, said that he is receiving excellent treatment, and plans to keep broadcasting and writing for as long as he can.

Our Interim Chief Executive, Shān Nicholas, said:

"Parkinson’s is the fastest growing neurological condition in the world. Jeremy choosing to speak publicly about his diagnosis will do so much to raise awareness of this misunderstood condition.

"With more than 40 symptoms, Parkinson’s is unpredictable and complex. We are glad that he has been receiving the right treatment to manage his symptoms. Getting the right support in place is key to helping people to take control of their lives when they are newly diagnosed.

"We would encourage people who have been diagnosed with Parkinson’s to speak to their GP or specialist to explore the best options for treatment and managing their Parkinson’s.

"We wish Jeremy all the best."

What is Parkinson's?

Parkinson's is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain and gets worse over time. 

With his diagnosis, Jeremy Paxman is now also a part of the 145,000-strong Parkinson’s community in the UK.

In 2009, he pledged to donate his brain to the Parkinson’s UK Brain Bank, the world's only brain bank solely dedicated to Parkinson's research. The donation of brain tissue has already led to major advances in our understanding of Parkinson's, and resulted in new treatments being developed and tested.

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About Parkinson’s and Parkinson’s UK

Anyone can get Parkinson’s, young or old. Every hour, two more people are diagnosed.

Parkinson’s is what happens when the brain cells that make dopamine start to die. There are over 40 symptoms, from tremor and pain to anxiety. Some are treatable, but the drugs can have serious side effects. It gets worse over time and there’s no cure. Yet.

But we know we’re close to major breakthroughs. By funding the right research into the most promising treatments, we get closer to a cure every day.

Until then, we're here for everyone affected by Parkinson’s. Fighting for fair treatment and better services. Making everyone see its real impact.

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