Moderate exercise benefits people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease: Study | News

January 15, 2022, 6:14 PM ISTSource: YEAR

A new study has found that people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease who regularly get one to two hours of moderate exercise twice a week, such as walking, may have less difficulty balancing or daily activities later. The study was published in the “Neurology Journal”. The researchers found that those who exercised regularly for five years performed better on cognitive tests and had slower disease progression in several respects. Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes tremors, stiffness, and difficulty walking, balance, and coordination. The study looked at 237 people with early-stage Parkinson’s disease. They had an average age of 63 and were followed by researchers for up to six years. Participants’ exercise levels at the start of the study were determined using a questionnaire that measures the time and intensity over the previous week of leisure activities, such as walking and cycling. ; household activity, such as gardening; and professional activity, such as caring for others. Common cognitive tests were used to measure people’s verbal and memory skills and how long it took them to complete mental tasks. It was found that it was more important to maintain physical activity over time. The researchers used a common test to rate each person’s Parkinson’s symptoms on a scale of zero to four, with higher scores indicating more severe impairment. People who did moderate to vigorous exercise below average, or less than one to two hours, once or twice a week, went from an average score of 1.4 to 3.7 over six years .


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