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How can you stay at a healthy weight when you have Parkinson's disease?

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Malnutrition and weight loss are often problems for people with Parkinson’s. So it’s good to keep track of your weight.

Weigh yourself once or twice a week, unless your doctor says to do it more often. If you're taking diuretics or steroids, such as prednisone, you should step on the scale daily.

If you gain or lose weight noticeably (2 pounds in a day or 5 pounds in a week), talk to your doctor.

If you need to gain weight:

Ask your doctor if nutritional supplements are right for you.

Avoid low-fat or low-calorie foods unless you’ve been told otherwise. Instead, use whole milk, whole milk cheese, and yogurt.

From: Eating Right With Parkinson's Disease WebMD Medical Reference

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

Medically Reviewed on 10/28/2017

SOURCES:

Parkinson’s UK: “Diet.”

PLOS: “weight Loss and Impact on Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are some common nutritional concerns for people with PD?"

National Parkinson Foundation: "How do you maintain a healthy diet?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

SOURCES:

Parkinson’s UK: “Diet.”

PLOS: “weight Loss and Impact on Quality of Life in Parkinson’s Disease.”

National Parkinson Foundation: "What are some common nutritional concerns for people with PD?"

National Parkinson Foundation: "How do you maintain a healthy diet?"

Reviewed by Neil Lava on October 28, 2017

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