Diet & Exercise in Parkinson’s
Parkinson’s disease and diet should be considered together. It can be particularly helpful for people with early onset Parkinson’s disease to pay close attention to issues of diet and nutrition to living with Parkinson’s. That’s because poor nutritional status can result in, and contribute to, many of the common complaints associated with Parkinson’s disease. For example, difficulties with swallowing can prevent people with Parkinson’s disease from getting adequate nourishment, which can lead to a worsening of motor symptoms and increased weakness resulting in falls.
People with Parkinson’s Disease may also find that certain medications, or medication side effects, have an impact on their diet or nutrition. Any time you are prescribed a new medication, it is a good idea to ask your physician about any dietary restrictions and whether it is best to take the medication with or without food. This is particularly important with Parkinson’s disease medications because certain food groups as well as the timing of meals can interfere with how quickly or fully your body is able to absorb the medication