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Regular Intense Workouts Might Delay Parkinsons Progression

By jeremyc | December 12, 2017

According to new research, high-intensity exercise might help delay the progression of Parkinson’s disease.

A neurodegenerative disorder, Parkinson’s disease affects movement and is marked by uncontrolled tremors in the legs, arms, and other body parts. At present, it is estimated that nearly 1 million individuals in the U.S. have Parkinson’s. Every year, about 60,000 people are diagnosed with this condition.

There’s no cure for Parkinson’s as of now. Treatment focuses on slowing progression and managing its symptoms. However, previous research shows that the effectiveness of medication used for treating this condition reduces over time. Moreover, such medication exposes patients to harmful effects.

That’s why it is necessary to find efficient non-drug alternate treatments. In this research, the experts look at how exercise affects progression of Parkinson’s disease.

The researchers enrolled 128 participants. In each of these individuals, Parkinson’s disease was in early stage. None of the participants were taking any medication for Parkinson’s.

Some participants were directed to do moderate physical activity—defined as 60-65% of max heart rate—3 times a week for 6 months. Others did intense physical activity—marked by 80-85% max heart rate—3 times a week for the same duration.

The researchers also considered a control group. Participants in this group didn’t exercise at all.

Prior to the trial, the score of each participant was about 20 on a scale of 0-108. Higher the score, worse the symptoms of Parkinson’s.

After 6 months, the researchers noted a difference in the score of the participants, with high-intensity group recording the best score, followed by moderate-intensity group. The score of the control group was 3 points greater than of the high-intensity group while the score of the moderate-intensity group was 1.5 points higher.

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