Vigorous work-out, at least three times a week, may help people with early-stage Parkinson's disease to reduce the deterioration of motor symptoms, claim researchers.
Parkinson's disease (PD) is a long-term degenerative disorder of the central nervous system (CNS). It mostly affects the motor system. Some of the early symptoms of this disease include shaking, rigidity, slowness of movement, and difficulty with walking. It is the second most common neurodegenerative disorder that causes huge loss of muscle control, trembling, stiffness, slowness and impaired balance.
Previously the researchers thought that vigorous physical exercise might be too stressful for PD patients. It is observed that as the disease progresses, the patient became unable to walk, talk and do any kind of simple work.
The study published in the JAMA Neurology revealed that people who involved in physical exercise between 80 to 85 % heart rate might experience the benefits as medicine.
"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," said Danial Corcos, Professor at the Northwestern, and University Feinberg School of Medicine.
The study enrolled 128 participants to examine the Parkinson's disease. The ages of participants, all patients of Parkinson's disease (early stage), ranged from 40 to 80 years.
"The earlier in the disease you intervene, the more likely it is you can prevent the progression of the disease. We delayed worsening of symptoms for six months; whether we can prevent progression any longer than six months will require further study," said Corcos.
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