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  • Silke Appel-Cresswell

    12/04/2024 at 2:49 pm

    Hi Heidi,

    Yes, the protein-levodopa interaction can become an issue usually after a few years, essentially we are considering this when either the quality of ON time is reduced or it takes a long time for levodopa to kick in but not everyone develops problems with protein intake and it only requires management if it actually is an issue for the individual. There are considerable differences in regard how sensitive an individual is to protein in the diet. A few grams of protein will likely be ok but larger amounts might not be. The issue is that the protein transporter capacity will be taken up by the protein in the food and levodopa, also a protein, is not transported properly.

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