New research into the effects of exercise in the management of Parkinson’s Disease suggests that regular, high-intensity physical activity may help to keep disease progression in check.
In the United States alone, around one million people live with Parkinson’s disease and approximately 60,000 new cases are diagnosed every year, according to data from the U.S. National Library of Medicine of the National Institutes of Health (NIH).
Parkinson’s Disease is a neurodegenerative motor system disorder characterised by uncontrolled tremors in various body parts, especially the arms and legs, as well as poor balance and co-ordination of movements.
There is now new research into the effects of exercise in the management of Parkinson’s Disease. The research suggests that regular high-intensity exercise three times a week may help delay the progression of this disease.
A phase II clinical trial, called the Study in Parkinson’s Disease of Exercise (SPARX), was recently conducted by researchers from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL, and the University of Colorado in Denver.
Their findings suggest that high-intensity physical exercise is beneficial for people with early stage Parkinson’s Disease, as it may delay the progression of symptoms related to motor abilities.
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A study by author Daniel Corcos says: “If you have Parkinson’s Disease and you want to delay the progression of your symptoms, you should exercise three times a week with your heart rate between 80% to 85% maximum. It is that simple.” Like most things that affect our health, the trick is keeping it up long term and achieving a regular pattern
Study – Daniel Corcos, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. To read more about this study go to Pubmed where you should find the published in JAMA Neurology