Medium Amounts of Daily Exercise May Lower Parkinson’s Disease Risk
The risk of Parkinson’s disease could be reduced by something as simple as regular, moderate exercise. This is according to a recent study by the Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm, Sweden as reported in Brain: A Journal of Neurology. The study was unique in that it included all forms of moderate physical activity, not just dedicated exercise, in tracking participants’ physical activity levels.
The research team analyzed data from 43,000 men and women over a 12-year period as part of the Swedish National March Cohort. All physical activity was tracked through extensive questionnaires, which inquired about activities such as house cleaning, job-related activities, and leisure activities. At the start of the follow-up period in 1997, none of the participants had Parkinson’s disease. The period lasted through 2010 and monitored participants until diagnosis with Parkinson’s, death, or they left the country.
During the follow-up period, 286 of the participants were diagnosed with Parkinson’s. Overall, participants who spent more than six hours of their day doing moderate physical activity and commuting had a 43 percent lower risk of developing the disease, compared to participants with more sedentary lives.
Keeping active is a goal that all aging Americans should strive for, as it not only keeps the body healthy, but research such as this study has found that physical activity also may help improve cognitive function.
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