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Chronic diseases have a profound impact on life expectancy, quality of life, and healthcare costs. Public health focuses on essential areas such as physical activity, lifestyle changes, and dietary modifications, yet awareness remains limited. Recent research highlights that regular exercise can reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease in women by 25%. A study analyzing three decades of exercise levels found that higher physical activity corresponded to a lower risk of developing PD, indicating that exercise may help prevent or delay the disease. Additionally, a mouse model study revealed the potential benefits of a ketogenic diet for Parkinson's patients, protecting against motor dysfunction, neuron loss, inflammation, and reversing dysbiosis. It is important to consult with a doctor before making any dietary changes. Gastrointestinal symptoms are common in Parkinson's, and managing constipation can involve consuming fiber-rich foods, staying hydrated, and incorporating probiotics while maintaining regular physical exercise. Furthermore, individuals with PD should pay attention to vitamin B12 and D levels, ensuring regular sun exposure for vitamin D synthesis. Diets rich in antioxidants and magnesium may help reduce oxidative stress and ease muscle cramps. Finally, including foods like antioxidants, beans, and omega-3 fatty acids can support overall brain health. Any diet plan or exercise regime should be adopted only after consulting your doctor.

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Lifestyle modification strategies

Chronic diseases have a huge impact on life expectancy, quality of life and healthcare costs. Essential areas of public health include physical activity, changes to lifestyle and dietary changes. However, there is lack of awareness in most cases. This article includes tips regarding lifestyle modification strategies to manage and prevent the disease.

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Impact of exercise on risk of PD among women

Regular exercise can cut the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease in women by 25%. In a research published in a leading journal, a study compared women’s physical exercise level for 3 decades. It was found that as the exercise level increased (based on timing and intensity), women’s risk of developing PD decreased by about 25%. The study concluded that physical activity may help prevent or delay the onset of disease.

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Ketogenic diet and PD

A recent study on mouse model has found that Ketogenic diet to be useful for patients with Parkinson’s Disease. Ketogenic diet, which is low on carbohydrate and high on fat, was administered to the mouse model for 8 weeks. It was found that Ketogenic diet protected the patients against motor dysfunction, neuron loss and inflammation. It was found to have reversed the dysbiosis. Further research is needed. Any dietary plan should be adopted only after consulting your doctor.

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Digestive health and PD

Parkinson’s Disease can cause gastrointestinal symptoms. Sometimes, it can cause damage to the nerve fibres controlling the gut movements. Usual gastrointestinal symptoms of patients of PD include constipation, bloating sensation, nausea. For managing constipation, one can try fiber rich foods like – Bran fiber, Whole wheat products, Prunes, Lentils, Beans, Apricots. One should also drink a lot of fluids, include probiotics. Also, it is important to have regular physical exercises.

If constipation persists, then one should limit intake of cheese, sweets, fatty foods, avoid heavy meals, have three main meals a day, avoid sleeping after the meals. Levels of vitamin B12 and D may get lowered due to PD at times. Regular exposure to sun may be a good idea.

Please do consult your doctor before trying out any diet plan, special foods or supplements.

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Diet for Parkinson’s patients

Oxidative stress may be responsible for decline of mental functions for patients of PD. Antioxidant rich diet, reduces the oxidative stress. Deficiency of certain minerals like magnesium may also be contributing to development of PD. Hence, magnesium rich food may help in easing muscle cramps, etc.

Food to be included in diet are:

Antioxidants; Nuts, Berries, nightshade vegetables, Leafy vegetables

Beans: Contain bioactive compounds levodopa. Specifically fava beans are rich in levodopa.

Omega 3 fatty acids: It enhances brain function. Example - Salmon, Oysters, Soyabeans, Flaxseeds

Nutrient-dense food: Those which are rich in:

Iron: Spinach, tofu

Vitamins B1: Beans, lentils, peas

Zinc: whole grains, meat, oysters, chicken

Vitamin D: Salmon, Tuna, Cod lever oil

Calcium: Milk products, leafy veggies, soy

Food to avoid:

Saturated fat: Red meat, butter, cheese, Palm oil, baked and fried foods

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