Famous People with Parkinson’s Disease
Parkinson’s is a disease that affects the brain. It is mostly diagnosed after a person is more than 50 years old. It affects people of both genders but a large percentage of individuals who have it are men. The disease progresses slowly.
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Muhammad Ali is one of the best boxers of all time. He was diagnosed with the disease and still lives with it. He has always been a source of inspiration to many. He continually holds fundraisers to raise awareness about the disease and to help other people who have it. Other athletes who have excelled in different sports who have it include Eugenio Monti, and Basil D’Oliveira.
Michael J. Fox
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Michael J. Fox is a popular actor who has starred in successful movies such as the Back to the Future trilogy. He has also featured in several other movies and television shows. He retired from acting as a result of his worsening condition.
List of Famous People Who Have / Had Parkinson’s Disease
Michael J. Fox
George Roy Hill
|Pope John Paul II
M. Scott Peck
Pierre Elliott Trudeau
The list of famous people that it has affected is long. This shows that anyone can get it.
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Politicians and State officials who have had Parkinson’s include the infamous head of state of Nazi Germany Adolf Hitler, Janet Reno who was an Attorney General of the United States and Mao Zedong.
Its cause is not clearly known and this is why it has become hard for doctors to know exactly the people who are likely to get it. An individual whose family has had a history of Parkinson’s disease is at a higher risk of getting it. An oddity in genes is believed to cause the disease.
Toxins from the environment may also cause the disease. They are usually from pollution and chemical products in the household but scientists have yet to pinpoint which ones may be linked.
People from all classes have been victims of the disease. This includes the rich, middle and poor people. Famous people who have made immense contributions to the world have also suffered from it. It has affected well known athletes, actors, religious leaders and political figures.