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Intense exercise can slow Parkinson's disease

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  • 7 months ago

A recent study has found evidence to support the idea that intense exercise may help individuals with Parkinson's disease reduce their symptoms. Researchers conducted experiments on rats and discovered that exercise led to a preservation of motor control and movement, as well as a decrease in the spread of Parkinson's disease-causing aggregates. This suggests that exercise could potentially slow the progression of the disease.

Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative condition that currently has no cure. It affects thousands of people each year and is the second most common neurodegenerative condition after Alzheimer's disease. While there are medications available to help manage symptoms, they do not alter the course of the disease. This has led researchers to explore non-pharmaceutical approaches, such as exercise, to help alleviate symptoms and potentially slow down the progression of the disease.

The study focused on intensive exercise, which typically refers to aerobic activities that get the heart rate up. Examples of intense exercise include jogging, cycling, and high-intensity interval training. The researchers found that intensive exercise reduced both motor and cognitive symptoms associated with Parkinson's disease in their rat model.

The exact mechanism behind the beneficial effects of exercise on Parkinson's disease is still not fully understood. However, the researchers believe that exercise helps reduce the accumulation of a protein called alpha-synuclein, which is believed to contribute to the development of the disease. By reducing the aggregation of this protein, exercise may slow down the progression of the disease and improve symptoms.

While the study used a four-week exercise program, the researchers believe that consistent exercise is not always necessary to reap the benefits. They found that the positive effects of exercise on synaptic plasticity lasted for at least a week after the interruption of physical activity.

Overall, this study provides further evidence for the potential benefits of exercise in managing Parkinson's disease. While it does not replace medications, exercise is considered an important component of a multifaceted approach to controlling symptoms and reducing disease progression. Clinicians and caregivers are encouraged to promote an active lifestyle, particularly focusing on aerobic exercises, for individuals living with Parkinson's disease.

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