A link between diabetes and early onset Parkinson’s disease

They found that diabetes was associated with early onset Parkinson’s disease (<60 years), with the link being stronger in women and younger patients.

The incidence of Parkinson’s disease among the diabetic group was 3.59 per 10,000 person-years, compared with 2.15 per 10,000 person-years among the non-diabetic group. 

The authors said chronic inflammation and oxidative stress may contribute to higher risk years later. 

Diabetes Care, online 19 March 2012