I do not personally have Parkinson's disease but I still live with it on a daily basis. My Mom is 55 and has suffered with the disease for years now. I am continuously worried for her because she does not watch her diet. She eats tons of sugar and refuses to drink any water. She prefers soda, one after another. Can someone tell me if changing your diet truly helps with the syptoms. Does Parkinson's affect your mind?