A recent clinical trial
showed that exercise can reduce the symptoms of Parkinson’s disease and thus, help these patients live a better quality of life.
Parkinson’s disease is a brain disorder that causes unintended or uncontrollable movements, such as shaking, stiffness, and difficulty with balance and coordination.
Symptoms are usually progressive in nature and eventually, these patients have difficulty walking and talking. Additionally, it can also result in mental and behavioral changes, sleep problems, depression, memory difficulties, and fatigue.
Parkinson's disease is a neurodegenerative disorder that affects the nervous system. It is caused by the loss of dopamine-producing cells in the brain. Dopamine is a chemical substance that is important for the control of thinking and movement.
There is no cure for Parkinson's disease, but there are many drugs available that can help manage the symptoms.
A recent clinical study published in the Annals of Neurology has shown that aerobic exercise can significantly improve brain function and structure in people with Parkinson's disease.
The clinical trial involved 57 participants with Parkinson's disease. The participants were divided into an exercise group and a control group. The exercise group participated in a supervised physical exercise program for six months, while the control group did not engage in any specific exercise program.
The clinical trial demonstrated that there was a significant improvement in brain function and structure of the patients that did exercise. Specifically, the exercise group showed an increase in the volume of the hippocampus, a region of the brain that is important for memory and learning. The exercise group also showed improvements in their executive function, which is the ability to plan, organize, and execute tasks.
The findings of this clinical research suggest that aerobic exercise could be a beneficial treatment option for people with Parkinson's disease. However, it is important to note that the participants received advice from trained professionals who guided them about the exercises that would be beneficial to them. This highlights the importance of seeking advice from healthcare professionals before starting an exercise program, particularly for individuals with Parkinson's disease.
This clinical study has also helped us in understanding how exercise can affect the brain in general. This knowledge would help protect our population from the negative effects of age-related brain diseases.
In conclusion, this clinical trial
highlights the potential benefits of physical exercise for people with Parkinson's disease. The findings suggest that exercise can have a positive effect on brain function and structure, specifically on the hippocampus region of the brain. These findings also have broader implications for our understanding of the role of exercise in maintaining brain health as we age.