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 indicate pesticides may be a contributing factor to Parkinson’s disease.