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Incidence of Parkinson’s is increasing

The number of people diagnosed and living with Parkinson’s is increasing, according to the latest research from Parkinson’s UK. The estimated prevalence in 2018 is around 145,000 people in the UK. That’s around 1 in 350 adults in the UK. And this is expected to rise by nearly a fifth by 2025. The estimated incidence for 2018 is around 18,000.

What’s causing the increase?

The increase is due to a growing and ageing population. The Parkinson’s UK analysis suggests that 1 in every 37 people will be diagnosed with Parkinson’s in their lifetime.

The analysis

We analysed medical records of a large sample of patients registered with UK GPs. This helped us estimate the number of people diagnosed with Parkinson’s in the UK in 2018 – and the number that are likely to be diagnosed in the future.

The challenge

The growth in Parkinson’s shown in the report is a huge challenge. It is now more urgent than ever that people affected by Parkinson’s receive the support they need and new treatments and a cure are found.

The statistics also highlight the current need for further improvements in Parkinson’s services, and for more professionals with the right expertise.

Parkinson’s UK chief executive Steve Ford says:

“The number of people with Parkinson’s is increasing. Our new figures show that on average, 50 people are diagnosed every day. It’s more urgent than ever to find better treatments and a cure for this condition.

“Over the last few decades we have unlocked vital research discoveries. The science is now ready – we won’t wait for a treatment that can stop, slow or reverse Parkinson’s.

“I want to change these statistics. Pioneering research is the only way to bring the day when we can say, ‘People used to have Parkinson’s.”

Where can I get more information?

A summary report provides a brief overview of estimates for 2018 and beyond and a detailed report comprehensive description of methodology and a breakdown of results by area. Read the reports here: REPORTS

If you have any questions about the reports, get in touch with us at

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