Exercise rate linked to Parkinson's improvements

Exercise rate linked to Parkinson's improvements

A new piece of research has shown that there is a link between exercise rates and improvements in older adults diagnosed with Parkinson's disease.

The study, which was carried out at the Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute in Cleveland and presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, found individuals with Parkinson's disease benefit from exercise programs on stationary bicycles.

Dr Jay Alberts, neuroscientist at the facility, stated he first became aware of the link between exercise and improvements in Parkinson's after going on a bike ride with a woman who had been diagnosed with the disease.

"We're now looking at this phenomenon in patients with exercise bikes in their home and other exercises like swimming and rowing on tandem machines may provide similar benefits," he said.

Previous research by Dr Lisa Shulman of the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, showed improvements for people affected by Parkinson's who took part in physical exercise.

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