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Medium level of activity 'can cut Parkinson's risk'

Medium level of activity 'can cut Parkinson's risk'
21st November 2014

A medium amount of activity in everyday life can lower the risk of Parkinson's Disease, according to a new study.

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm followed 43,368 individuals during a 12-year period, analysing information relating to activities of all kinds, including commuting activity, occupational activity, leisure time exercise and total daily physical activity.

They found that those who spent more than six hours per week on household activity and commuting had a 43 per cent lower risk of developing Parkinson's disease than those who spent less than two hours per week on the same activities.

Karin Wirdefeldt, researcher at Karolinska Institutet's Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics, and Department of Clinical Neuroscience, said: "We found that a medium level of daily total physical activity is associated with a lower risk of Parkinson's disease."

She added that the research has a number of strengths, including its focus on both genders and consideration of the entire spectrum of daily energy output.

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