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Diet and Parkinson's

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People with Parkinson's may experience dietary problems.

I lost a lot of weight and was having problems with swallowing and using cutlery. I was referred to a dietitian.

Diana, diagnosed in 2004

Food can affect drug treatments and Parkinson's can sometimes lead to weight gain or weight loss.

The best diet advice for most people with Parkinson's is also the simplest - ensure you get the right balance of nutrients from different food groups.

Information about diet and Parkinson's

Having a balanced diet is an important part of looking after your health.

If you have Parkinson's, you may need to take a little extra care with what you eat and drink. Some of the symptoms and side effects from your medication may affect your appetite.

Find out more about in our Diet and Parkinson's booklet or on these pages:

Last Information Standard review June 2016. Next review June 2019.