Regular exercise may improve lives of people with Parkinson’s disease

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Washington: A new study has explored that exercisemay help people with

Parkinson'sdisease to improve their balance, ability to move around

and quality of life.

The study approached 231 people with Parkinson's disease either

received their usual care or took part in an exercise program of 40 to

60 minutes of balance and leg strengthening exercises three times a

week for six months. This minimally-supervised exercise program was

prescribed and monitored by a physical therapist with participants

performing most of the exercise at home. On average, 13 percent of the

exercise sessions were supervised by a physical therapist.

Study author Colleen G. Canning, PhD, of the University of Sydney in

Australia, said that the resulting injuries, pain, limitations of

activity and fear of falling again can really affect people's health

and well-being.

Canning said that these results suggest that minimally supervised

exercise programs aimed at reducing falls in people with Parkinson's

should be started early in the disease process.

The study observed that compared to those in the control group, the

number of falls by participants who exercised was reduced in those

with less severe Parkinson's disease, but not in those with more

severe disease and for those with less severe disease a 70 percent

reduction in falls was reported in those who exercised compared to

those who did not.

The study is published in the online issue of Neurology, the medical

journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

Credit: ANI

Kofi Oppong Kyekyeku

I am a Ghanaian Broadcast Journalist/Writer who has an interest in General News, Sports, Entertainment, Health, Lifestyle and many more.

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