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Good Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease

Good Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease

Topics: treatment and nutrition

Good nutrition is important for everyone and plays a particularly critical role in Parkinson’s disease (PD). In general, a healthy diet can increase energy, maximize the potential of medications, and promote overall well-being. Patients with Parkinson’s disease may experience constipation, delayed stomach emptying, drug-nutrient interactions, and weight loss. In addition, Parkinson’s disease symptoms such as tremor and the medication side-effect of dyskinesia may increase one’s caloric needs. When caloric needs are not met, the individual may experience unintentional weight loss and even malnutrition in prolonged circumstances of a low calorie intake.

This booklet is intended to introduce to patients and caregivers helpful nutrition information relevant to Parkinson’s disease. Further information can be obtained from your doctor or dietitian.


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