1. Health
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

Managing Your Diet When You Have Parkinson's Disease

By

Updated June 08, 2009

In the beginning stages of Parkinson’s disease, you may wish to eat foods rich in antioxidants because there is some evidence suggesting that antioxidants can be beneficial. Beyond that, there are no special dietary requirements that you need to follow early on.

Most of the special dietary challenges of PD do not emerge until later stages of the disease. You may find that as your Parkinson's progresses you will need to adjust your diet so that your medications are more easily absorbed. Or, you may need to do so so that you can more easily chew and swallow food, or so that you will not get constipated.

What Foods To Include In Your Diet

Brad Harrison/HAAP Media
Find out what foods to include in your diet when you have PD and why they're important.

Protein and Parkinson's Medications

Ove Tøpfer/HAAP Media
Find out how protein interacts with some Parkinson's medications.

Why Consult a Nutritionist?

Allison Michael Orenstein/Getty Images
Find out here why you should consult a nutritionist to help you manage your diet.

Weight Loss and Parkinson's Disease

Steve Cole/Getty Images
A lot of people lose weight when they have Parkinson's disease. Find out why here.

Dietary Problems in Mid- to Late-Stage Parkinson's

Stefanie L./ HAAP Media
What dietary problems might you experience in the mid to late stages of Parkinson's disease? What can be done to help?

The Question of Supplements

Meliha Gojak/HAAP Media
Some dietary supplements may be helpful for Parkinson's disease.

Antioxidants and Parkinson's Disease

Meliha Gojak/HAAP Media
Antioxidants may help Parkinson's disease. Find out how here.

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.

We comply with the HONcode standard
for trustworthy health
information: verify here.