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Does Parkinson's disease eventually lead to lack appetite, due to inability to swallow food?

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Dr. Reza Karimi
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In brief: Late stages

The late stages of parkinson's disease may lead to difficulty coordinating a swallow and an inability to safely swallow food.

In brief: Late stages

The late stages of parkinson's disease may lead to difficulty coordinating a swallow and an inability to safely swallow food.
Dr. Reza Karimi
Dr. Reza Karimi
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In brief: Yes, but complicated

First off, slowed gut parastalsis can reduce appetite (loss of sense of smell & thereby taste contributes too) , cause early satiety (filling quickly), constipation & leave the person feeling gassy & bloated.
This causes a cycle of poor appetite & weight loss. In advanced disease, people can also develop dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) & may cough, choke, or even aspirate (food in windpipe).

In brief: Yes, but complicated

First off, slowed gut parastalsis can reduce appetite (loss of sense of smell & thereby taste contributes too) , cause early satiety (filling quickly), constipation & leave the person feeling gassy & bloated.
This causes a cycle of poor appetite & weight loss. In advanced disease, people can also develop dysphagia (swallowing difficulties) & may cough, choke, or even aspirate (food in windpipe).
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