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Dietary therapy

You don't need to follow a specific diet if you have Parkinson's, but some symptoms and side effects of drugs can affect your appetite.

Certain foods may also stop your Parkinson's medication from working properly.

How can a dietitian can help people with Parkinson's?

A dietitian will work with you to identify any problems with your diet.

They may:

  • help with constipation
  • help with swallowing problems
  • help you eat the best diet for your Parkinson’s medication
  • recommend ways to manage problems with buying and preparing food
  • help you choose nutritious foods with the vitamins and minerals you need

Dietitians sometimes work with occupational therapists to recommend ways to make eating easier for you. This can include specially adapted cutlery and cups.

Being referred to a dietitian

Your doctor or Parkinson's nurse can refer you to a dietitian. In some areas you can refer yourself.