Exercise Can Improve Non-Motor Functions of Parkinson's

Exercise Can Improve Non-Motor Functions of Parkinson's

A new meta analysis was published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease and found some very encouraging results.

Researchers from the Institute of Movement and Neurosciences, German Sport University, Cologne, Germany, and the VasoActive Research Group, School of Health and Sport Sciences, University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland, Australia, performed a comprehensive review of the literature on the topic and identified 11 studies published before 2018 that were relevant.

Researchers determined that all forms of exercise improved cognitive function, but which form of exercise has the most benefit is unclear.

This sample provided a group of over 500 patients with a disease severity of 1 to 4 on the Hoehn & Yahr scale.

Researchers determined that all forms of exercise improved cognitive function, but which form of exercise has the most benefit is unclear. 

Aerobic exercise seems to have improved memory function the best, but even within that category of exercise, differences remain. There is no clear picture on stationary bike versus treadmill versus aerodyne versus climbers and steppers.

While more research will dig in and likely help split hairs, the macro view here is clear: exercise should be a part of treatment plans for patients with PD, and can slow the progression of the disease.

 


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