One of the things that struck home hard for me at the Neurologists yesterday is he said that studies show that people with metabolic syndrome have a tendency to have their Parkinson's progress faster than those that don't have it. For that reason a healthy life style is of most importance in the treatment of this disease.
Metabolic syndrome is a group of risk factors -- high blood pressure, high blood sugar, high triglycerides, low HDL cholesterol, and belly fat.
I fit right in this category. :-<
My blood pressure and blood sugar are under control with medication and my cholesterol and triglycerides are only a tad high, but I sure need to be diligent in watching these things closely -- as we all should.