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Slow Parkinson's Progression with Lifestyle Medicine



Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects millions worldwide. While there is currently no cure, emerging research suggests that lifestyle factors can play a crucial role in managing symptoms and potentially slowing the progression of the disease. In this blog, we explore the impact of a well-rounded approach incorporating proper diet, exercise, and proper hydration for individuals battling Parkinson's.


Nutritional Strategies for Parkinson's:

Proper nutrition is a cornerstone in managing Parkinson's disease. A study published in the "Neurology" (1) highlights the significance of a balanced diet rich in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory foods. Incorporating fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and plant proteins provides essential nutrients that may contribute to neuroprotection and overall well-being.


A plant-based diet, renowned for its health benefits, has been of particular interest. A study in the "Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity " journal (2) indicates that this diet, high in fruits and vegetables may have a positive impact on cognitive function and motor symptoms in individual diagnosed with Parkinson's.


A Neuroprotective Agent:

Regular physical activity is increasingly recognized as a potential neuroprotective strategy for individuals with Parkinson's. A systematic review and meta-analysis published in "PloS One" (3) suggests that exercise interventions can improve gait, balance, and quality of life.


Both aerobic exercise, such as walking or cycling, and resistance training have shown promise. Research in "Physical Therapy" (4) emphasizes the benefits of high-intensity exercise in improving motor function and reducing the severity of symptoms.


Hydration and Cognitive Function:

Proper hydration is crucial for overall health and cognitive function. Dehydration can exacerbate symptoms in individuals with Parkinson's disease. A study published in the "British Journal of Nutrition" (5) underscores the importance of maintaining adequate hydration levels to support cognitive performance and well-being.


Hydration is not only about water intake but also about ensuring a balanced electrolyte profile. Including electrolyte-rich foods (fruits and vegetables: broccoli, oranges, bananas, kale, bell peppers, etc.) can contribute to optimal hydration and support the body's neurological functions.


In the journey to slow down Parkinson's progression, a holistic approach that encompasses diet, exercise, and hydration emerges as a powerful ally. The studies referenced highlight the potential benefits of adopting a balanced, antioxidant-rich diet, engaging in regular physical activity, and ensuring proper hydration. While these lifestyle factors may not offer a cure, they provide individuals with Parkinson's disease a proactive and empowering means of managing their symptoms and potentially slowing the progression of the condition.


By embracing a comprehensive wellness strategy, individuals living with Parkinson's can enhance their quality of life, maintain cognitive function, and foster a sense of control over their health.


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References:

  1. Cereda, E., Barichella, M., Cassani, E., Caccialanza, R., Pezzoli, G. (2017). "Clinical features of Parkinson disease when onset of diabetes came first: A case-control study." Neurology, 88(15), 1458–1464.

  2. Mischley, L. K., Lau, R. C., & Bennett, R. D. (2017). "Role of diet and nutritional supplements in Parkinson's disease progression." Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity, 2017, 6405278.

  3. Shu, H.-F., Yang, T., Yu, S.-X., Huang, H.-D., Jiang, L.-L., Gu, J.-W., & Kuang, Y.-Q. (2014). " Aerobic exercise for Parkinson's disease: A systematic review and meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials." PloS One, 9(7), e100503.

  4. Schenkman, M., Hall, D. A., Barón, A. E., Schwartz, R. S., Mettler, P., & Kohrt, W. M. (2018). " Exercise for people in early- or mid-stage Parkinson disease: A 16-month randomized controlled trial." Physical Therapy, 98(7), 581–592.

  5. Ganio, M. S., Armstrong, L. E., Casa, D. J., McDermott, B. P., Lee, E. C., Yamamoto, L. M., ... & Maresh, C. M. (2011). "Mild dehydration impairs cognitive performance and mood of men." British Journal of Nutrition, 106(10), 1535-1543.


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