Because researchers have such a limited understanding of the cause of Parkinson disease, there are no current guidelines to reduce your risk of developing it.
Some studies have suggested that certain factors can lower your risk of Parkinson disease. Examples include:
However, these were observational studies. They do not prove a cause and effect relationship for preventing Parkinson disease. Talk to your doctor before making any changes to your diet or taking any new medication. The side effects may outweigh any potential benefits.
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Last reviewed November 2016 by Rimas Lukas, MD Last Updated: 5/20/2015