G. Frederick Wooten MD


Parkinson’s Disease and Sexual Problems

Problems with sexual function in people with Parkinson’s disease are common. Muscle stiffness and movement may make sexual activity difficult. Depression or anxiety may result in a loss of interest in sex or, in men, erection problems. These often can be improved by treatment with medicine. Parkinson’s disease can…

Parkinson’s Disease and Nutrition

Most people with Parkinson’s disease can eat the same healthy, balanced diet recommended for anyone. This includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, grains, cereals, legumes, poultry, fish, lean meats, and low-fat dairy products. Early in the disease, it might be helpful to take pills with food to help with nausea, which…

Parkinson’s Disease and Freezing

In Parkinson’s disease, freezing (sometimes called motor block) is a sudden, brief inability to start movement or to continue rhythmic, repeated movements, such as finger-tapping, writing, or walking. Freezing most often affects walking, but it also can affect speech, writing, and the person’s ability to open and close…

Parkinson’s Disease and Exercise

Exercise is an important part of home treatment for people with Parkinson’s disease. It has benefits in both early and advanced stages of the disease. Regular exercise can help you: Keep and improve muscle strength and endurance. Control your weight and improve your cardiovascular fitness. Improve your balance…

Parkinson’s Disease: Other Symptoms

Most people know that Parkinson’s disease is a condition that affects how you move. But the breakdown of nerve cells in Parkinson’s disease can cause other symptoms. These other symptoms, also called “non-motor” symptoms, include: Constipation. This is a common problem, mostly related to the breakdown of the nerve cells…