Parkinson’s is caused by a loss of nerve cells in a specific part of the brain.
These nerve cells are used to help send messages between the brain and the nervous system.
Parkinson’s disease symptoms tend to develop gradually, and only appear as mild at first.
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“Constipation is, unfortunately, common for people with Parkinson’s disease,” said the charity.
“Not only is this non-movement symptom uncomfortable, it can interfere with the uptake and benefit of medication. The first steps in managing constipation are dietary and lifestyle changes.
“Fibre helps drive waste through the intestine. Gradually increase the amount of fibre in your diet with vegetables, berries, fruits with skin [such as pears and apples] and whole grains.
“As you increase your fibre intake, you must also increase your fluid intake. Fibre and fluid work together to normalise bowel movements.”
Parkinson’s patients could also limit their risk of constipation by making sure that they stay hydrated.
Water increases flow through the digestive tract, which stimulates bowel movements.
Drinking fluids in the mornings is the best way to relieve your constipation.
Some patients also benefit from eating smaller meals throughout the day.
Smaller snack-sized meals allow more time for digestion, which is key for emptying your bowels.
Common signs of Parkinson’s disease include tremors, slow movement, and muscle stiffness.
The muscle stiffness makes facial expressions more difficult, said the charity.
Tremors usually start in the hand or the arm, and are more likely to occur when the arm is relaxed.
There are about 145,000 people in the UK with Parkinson’s disease, and it’s the fastest growing neurological condition in the world.