Sunday, June 28, 2020

Physical Activity May be Used to Treat or Delay Parkinson's Disease

Parkinson’s disease [PD] is a degenerative neurological disorder affecting approximately one million Americans. According to the Mayo Clinic, “Parkinson's disease is a progressive nervous system disorder that affects movement. Symptoms start gradually, sometimes starting with a barely noticeable tremor in just one hand. Tremors are common, but the disorder also commonly causes stiffness or slowing of movement.” Further, according to the Clinic, "some research has shown that regular aerobic exercise might reduce the risk of Parkinson's disease.” Indeed, one study demonstrated that  physical activity may be used to treat or prevent Parkinson’s disease.

The study's purpose was to examine the effects of physical activity on PD, and to provide "theoretical guidance for the prevention and treatment of PD." For the analysis, the investigators interrogated four databases. The databases were PubMed, Springer, Elsevier, and Wiley database.

After categorizing risk factors and protective factors for PD, the investigators concluded that physical activities were among the protective factors. Those physical activities were "running, dancing, traditional Chinese martial arts, yoga, and weight training." Further, the investigators concluded that " Physical activity has a positive impact on the prevention and treatment of PD."

And according to WebMD, engaging in physical activity can be beneficial when it comes to PD. Physical activity can improve flexibility, balance, walking and hand strength. And physical activity can help with the control of tremors and uncontrolled movements.

Finally, one analysis concluded "that people living with Parkinson's disease can benefit from being physically active, especially when it comes to improving gait and balance, and reducing risks of falls."
And the investigators suggested that health providers should advise their patients with PD to engage in physical activity.

Indeed, physical activity should be a part of everyone's lifestyle. We know that physical activity, along with a healthy diet, and other healthy lifestyle activities, can improve the length and quality of all our lives. And improvement in PD is just another one of the specific ailments that physical activity might bring about.


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