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Mediterranean Diet

Emphasizing plant-based staples and healthy fats, while minimizing meat, can improve health. There is evidence that what’s known as the Mediterranean diet may help reduce blood pressure and cardiovascular disease.

  • The diet stresses eating more vegetables and monounsaturated fats, such as olive oil, while consuming smaller amounts of lean protein, including chicken or fish high in omega-3 fatty acids, such as salmon.
  • Emphasizes eating fruit, nuts, grains and beans.
  • People living with Parkinson’s disease (PD) often have concerns that protein intake may decrease the effectiveness of carbidopa A medication used together with levodopa to enhance its effects. When carbidopa is added to levodopa, the dose of levodopa you take can be smaller while still getting the same benefits, with fewer side effects./levodopaThe medication most commonly given to control the movement symptoms of Parkinson’s, usually with carbidopa. It is converted in the brain into dopamine., one of the common medications used to treat PD. A high-protein meal can slow levodopa absorption in the brain. People living with PD find, as the disease progresses, that eating most of their protein later in the day better controls their symptoms. It is best to take carbidopa/levodopa (Sinemet) 30 to 60 minutes before eating a meal. This allows the medication to be quickly absorbed before the food can interfere.
  • Since Parkinson’s can affect digestive function, people living with PD may notice symptoms such as constipation and early satiety (the sensation of feeling full after consuming a small amount of food).
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