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A balanced, nutritious diet is important in Parkinson’s.
Many people with Parkinson’s disease lose weight because of poor appetite and inadequate food intake. Others who take levodopa may find that protein interferes with the dose of their medications taken immediately before, during or after the meal.
When it comes to nutrition, what matters most?
- Eat a balanced diet with all of the daily nutritional requirements
- Maintain bone health
- Maintain bowel regularity
- Balance medications and food
- Adjust nutritional priorities for your situation and stage of disease
- If you progressively lose weight for no clear reason you should bring this symptom to the attention of your physician, and undergo a careful and thorough medical evaluation.
- Extra fresh fruits and vegetables provide fiber that will help or prevent constipation.
- Limiting protein intake or staggering the levodopa dosing to avoid conflicts with meals can help solve this problem.
- Take your medications before mealtimes on an empty stomach. For people who have swallowing difficulties, a diet of soft foods may be recommended.
- Drink plenty of fluids during the day to keep hydrated, which helps to prevent constipation.
Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease: What Matters Most?
Resource Type: Publications
Publication Date: 2010
Author: Karol Traviss, M.Sc., R.D.
Publisher: Parkinson's Disease Foundation
Toll Free: (800) 457-6676
Associated URL: www.pdf.org/en/factsheets
Address: 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509
City: New York Zip: 10018
State: New York
This fact sheet discusses the complex nutritional issues faced by people with PD. Topics include tips on how to maintain a balanced diet, bone health and bowel regularity, while managing medications and nutritional priorities. Also offered in Spanish.
American Dietetic Association (ADA)
Resource Type: Websites
Toll Free: (800) 877-1600
Associated URL: http://www.eatright.org/
This organization maintains a national directory of registered dietitians that a person living with PD may find helpful.