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Parkinson’s Disease & Eating Well

Diet & Nutrition

When an individual is diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, eating right for your symptoms is important.

Parkinson’s disease affects each individual quite differently. Some factors that can change your diet and nutritional needs include:

  • Age
  • Gender
  • Medications
  • Other diagnosed conditions

Always check with your doctor to find out what kinds of food are appropriate for you and your symptoms. Your doctor may have a specific diet for your treatment.

General Guidelines

Always check with your doctor to ensure the following guidelines are right for you!

  • Get enough calcium to help keep bones strong. Milk and cheese are good calcium sources.
  • Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables to help prevent constipation.
  • Cut your food into small pieces to aid in chewing and swallowing.
  • Chew slowly and swallow carefully to avoid choking.
  • Drink plenty of water between bites.
  • Consider using special cups and utensils that may make eating easier for you.
  • Ask your doctor if you should avoid any foods that could interfere with other medications you may be taking.
  • Eating organic food reduces exposure to dangerous pesticides. Studies Organic Authority: Genes, Pesticides Linked to Parkinson Disease in Men indicate pesticides may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease.

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