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Does parkinson`s affected by diet or exercise

12/03/1999

Question:

Is Parkinson`s Disease in any effect caused by your exercise or how you eat.

Answer:

Moderate exercise is a good way of helping to cope with the disease. Range-of-motion exercises are especially helpful. There is little concrete evidence to show that diet has an effect. Animal fat has a weak correlation with higher incidence of PD. Foods containing Vitamins C and E may help slow progression, but hard evidence is lacking. Protein can interfere with absorption of levodopa (Sinemet).

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Response by:

Arif Dalvi, MD
Assistant Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati