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Posted by on Jan 29, 2019 in Parkinson's Disease | 0 comments

In a nutshell

This study investigated the association between physical activity and the progression of symptoms in early Parkinson’s disease (PD). Researchers suggested that physical activity is associated with less disease progression.

Some background

PD is a chronic disorder that affects brain cells. Symptoms can go from muscle rigidity and tremors to impaired balance. The standard treatment for PD helps to control the symptoms. Physical activity also helps to improve symptoms. Prior studies showed that increased physical activity is associated with improved PD outcomes and quality of life. 

However, it is still not clear if changes in physical activity impact the progression of the disease in patients with early PD.

Methods & findings

This study included information about 554 patients with similar physical activity. 380 had early PD and 174 did not have PD (control group). These patients were followed-up at years 2, 3 and 4.

From years 2 to 4 patients with PD had a decrease in physical activity compared to the control group. However, patients with PD who had a higher physical activity at year 2 had a slower symptom progression. This included better levels of depression and anxiety, better balance and waling, lower tremor and better speech and mood. 

The bottom line

This study concluded that increased physical activity is associated with less disease progression in patients with early PD. 

The fine print

This study was based on the physical activity reported by patients. It did not use a specific type of physical activities. 

Published By :

Parkinsonism & related disorders

Date :

Dec 10, 2018

Original Title :

Self-reported physical activity levels and clinical progression in early Parkinson’s disease.

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