Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Does dehydration affect PD?

Does dehydration affect my Parkinson’s disease symptoms?

Dehydration is one of many stressors that may affect the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease. Although there is very little scientific data available on the subject, most expert practitioners advise patients to drink 6-8 glasses of plain water a day, and to stay out of the sun. One of the symptoms that dehydration has been closely associated with is dizziness (and dizziness upon standing). This is a symptom that is particularly important to avoid as it may lead to falls and to fractures. A good rule of thumb, especially during summer months, is to always have a bottle of water with you. Many patients will purchase “runner’s belts” that have a specific place for a bottle to be conveniently carried.

Michael S. Okun, M.D.

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