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Nutrition and Parkinson's Disease - Nutrition

More than 200,000 cases are diagnosed each year—Parkinson’s Disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. “Most of the research is supporting that toxic exposure is actually the main reason that we’re seeing Parkinson’s diagnosis in men and women. Part of our diet helps with natural detoxification,” explained Julie Hill, an outpatient dietitian with Lee Health. Any time a patient is diagnosed with a neurological disorder, it’s important to evaluate their nutrition. “What nutrition can do as far as for someone with Parkinson’s, is we can see a reduction of symptoms, we can see improvements in symptoms, and we can see a halt in the progression,” said Hill. Eating a diet that’s high in fruits, vegetables, antioxidants, and lean protein can actually help to reduce the inflammation in the brain. “When we have any type of inflammation in the brain, it definitely impacts balance, it impacts cognition, it impacts our ability to really sustain our normal daily life,” she said. Nutrition and physical activity can help patients live better with Parkinson’s Disease. View More Health Matters video segments at LeeHealth.org/Healthmatters/ Lee Health in Fort Myers, FL is the largest network of health care facilities in Southwest Florida and is highly respected for its expertise, innovation and quality of care. For more than 100 years, we’ve been providing our community with personalized preventative health services and primary care to highly specialized care services and robotic assisted surgeries. Lee Health - Caring People. Inspiring Care. Visit LeeHealth.org