Daily Exercise Linked to Lower Risk of Parkinson’s Disease

Some studies associated lesser risks of developing Parkinson’s disease with daily physical activity at a medium level. Researchers from Karolinska Institutet in Stockholm had published their findings in Brain: A Journal of Neurology. This is after following people over a period of 12 years.

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Parkinson’s disease occurs when there is a loss in the production of dopamine that affects people aged 50 and above. It is a degenerative neurological disorder.

Four of the major symptoms of Pakinson’s disease are trembling of jaw, face, and limbs, stiffness of limbs, slow movements, and poor motor skills.

With over 43, 000 women and men from Sweden analyzed and followed for more than 12 years, there were no patients diagnosed with Parkinson’s when the study began. By the end of the research, 300 people were diagnosed with Parkinson’s.

Dr. Karin Wirdefeldt, the study’s leader and a researcher in biostatistics and clinical neuroscience and also in medical epidemiology said that a medium level of daily physical activity is linked to the reduction in the risks of Parkinson’s disease.

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43 percent in the reduction of risks is observed among those who spend at least six hours a week of physical activity. Household tasks and commuting to work are ways to make that six-hour mark.

Men who take medium levels of physical activity and daily exercise are 45 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s disease. It is also observed that those who have already been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease are healthier and cope better than those whose lifestyles are inactive.

Parkinson’s disease was named after the doctor who was the first to identify the condition. When the production of dopamine, which is a chemical messenger, is affected negatively, motor movements are affected. When the amount of dopamine is at about 80 percent low, symptoms begin to appear.

Until now, the main reason why Parkinson’s is developed is still unidentified.

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