Try light exercise to slow down Parkinson’s disease

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Researchers have found exercising just a little each week slows down the progression of Parkinson’s Disease.

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Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurological disorder for which there is at this time no actual cure. However with proper intervention the progression of this disease can be slowed down.

There are slower declines in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease with just 2.5 hours of exercise per week

IOS Press reports that there are slower declines in patients suffering from Parkinson's disease with just 2.5 hours of exercise per week. This is very significant because with the progression of Parkinson's disease impairments of mobility can lead to a substantial decrease in health associated quality of life and even death.

The deterioration which is associated with Parkinson's disease has been found to be delayed with physical activity. There have been slower declines in the health associated quality of life in these patients with regular exercise. Lead investigator Miriam R. Rafferty, PhD, who is associated with Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, has said it has been observed that people with Parkinson’s disease who exercised 150 minutes a week had less decline in quality of life and mobility over a period of two years than people who exercised less or who did not exercise at all.

Any type of exercise which is done for a minimum of 150 minutes a week is better than no exercise at all

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It was not determined in this study what type of exercise is best for Parkinson's patients. However it was determined that any type of exercise which is done for a minimum of 150 minutes a week is better than no exercise at all. Dr. Rafferty suggests that people who are suffering from Parkinson's disease should feel empowered to determine what kind of exercise they enjoy the most, even when they have advanced symptoms.

This study has been published in the Journal of Parkinson's Disease. Patients with Parkinson's disease can benefit from exercise interventions. Health associated quality of life and mobility can be improved with exercise in these patients. Even in advanced cases of this disease exercise can be helpful.

Antipsychotic drugs which psychiatrists routinely prescribe cause a parkinson's like syndrome

The antipsychotic drugs which psychiatrists routinely prescribe cause a parkinson's like syndrome. In fact it has been reported in the Journal of Clinical Neurology that the second most common etiology of parkinsonism in older people after Parkinson's disease is drug-induced parkinsonism. Antipsychotic drugs are a common etiology of parkinsonism.

Yet tragically the psychiatrists have consistently manifested incompetent and criminal behavior by continuing to prescribe the dangerous antipsychotics as a mainstay of treatment for most of the people unfortunate enough to be their patients. Men, women and children are also often forced to take these highly toxic drugs under court orders based on the swift unethical and unscientific testimony of the psychiatrists. Hopefully exercise may also benefit these victims of drug induced parkinsonism.

It is important to help people suffering from Parkinson's disease enjoy as high a quality of life as possible for as long as possible. A good prescription for better well being for these patients is regular exercise. Life is for the living and as with anyone else people suffering from Parkinson's disease deserve to be able to enjoy as much of their lives as possible for as long as possible. Exercise should assist them in doing this.

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