Approximately 60,000 Americans are diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease every year. Parkinson’s is a disease characterized by nerve damage in the brain, with common symptoms including tremors, loss of balance, and restlessness. Although Parkinson’s can’t be cured, there are many options for treatment to reduce symptoms, including exercise. There are also many things a patient can do to stay strong and improve their general well being, such as following a healthy diet.
Although people with Parkinson’s might want to reach for all the nutritious foods they can to boost their health, it’s important not to choose foods that can interfere with their medication or exacerbate symptoms of the disease.
Levodopa is the most common drug for Parkinson’s disease. It’s essentially a protein that gets transferred into dopamine in the body. Dopamine is a brain chemical that’s not at sufficient levels in the brains of people with Parkinson’s. More dopamine can decrease symptoms of the disease. However, since Levodopa is a protein, patients should avoid eating too much protein in their food as this can prevent the drug’s absorption.
There are some common health issues that Parkinson’s sufferers experience, such as constipation. Parkinson’s can cause deterioration of the nerves in the GI tract, causing stools to move slowly, resulting in constipation. Boosting water and fiber intake is therefore important to keep one regular. Great fiber sources include fruits, vegetables, and cereals. Here are other health problems that could be experienced, and how to deal with them:
By staying in tune with one’s body and choosing the right foods to ease symptoms, people with Parkinson’s disease can feel better physically and have more energy on a daily basis.
Diet always plays an important role in the management of disease, including Parkinson’s. By following a healthy eating plan, being mindful of medications, and choosing foods that fight symptoms, people with Parkinson’s can better manage the disease and maintain a higher quality of life.
At Saint Simeon’s, we are proud to be the first senior community in Oklahoma to offer Parkinson’s care. Our dining services, provided by Morrison Community Living, is happy to provide dietary options that are conducive to helping our Residents better manage Parkinson’s disease.
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