Gender Differences in Parkinson’s Disease from a Global Perspective

Laura Evans, Dr. Margaret Eggers, College of Letters and Sciences, Montana State University Culbertson Hall, 100, Bozeman, MT 59717

For the fastest growing neurological disease, there seems to be a dearth of research concerning the
effects of Parkinson’s Disease (PD) on women. Most available data support that men are more likely to
suffer from PD, with some exceptions. However, even this widely accepted ratio is not carried out in the
research and women’s health suffers in consequence because there are differences in the symptoms
experienced. I conducted a literature review of the research concerning PD and gender differences from
a global perspective. Countries where women have a higher prevalence of PD than men and the possible
factors contributing to those exceptions were examined, drawing on data from The Institute for
Health Metrics and Evaluation (GBD Compare and Epi Visualization options). PD risk factors were
investigated. The countries found fitting that criteria were Russia and Japan. The main factor
investigated was the possible use of pesticides and their effects on female agricultural workers. This
possible hypothesis seemed stronger in Japan than in Russia from available information. This possible
correlation will hopefully elicit further research as well as research into the overall gender differences in
symptoms of Parkinson’s Disease

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Laura Evans

Institution: Montana State University

Type: Poster

Subject: Global Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 7
Date/Time: Tue 3:30pm-4:30pm
Session Number: 5084