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Sweat It Out: Research Reveals Exercise Can Positively Impact Parkinson's Disease Patients

Update Date: Jan 25, 2017 10:20 AM EST

Exercise can be of great help to patients diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Though it cannot entirely cure or diminish the condition, experts reveal that it can potentially alleviate and slow the process of brain degeneration.

New York Times followed the story of Susan Sills, an artist who was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Despite getting a full risk of developing Parkinson's disease, Sills did her best to combat, or at least delay the brain degeneration. Part of her regime is to engage in exercise, as it reportedly delays the development of the disease.

Though Sills admitted that she takes Parkinson's medication, she did, however, explain that she allots her time and energy for exercise and movement. She then explained that exercise may not be able to cure Parkinson's disease, but it can, however, slow down the process of brain degeneration.

"The earlier people begin exercising after a Parkinson's diagnosis, and the higher the intensity of exercise they achieve, the better they are," Marilyn Moffat, a physical therapist stated. "Many different activities have been shown to be beneficial, including cycling, boxing, dancing and walking forward and backward on a treadmill. If someone doesn't like one activity, there are others that can have equally good results."

Exercise is strongly advised for people with progressive movement disorders, which are similar to those diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. People with Parkinson's are often suffering due to being immobile as people with progressive diseases will eventually have a difficulty in walking, experience stiffness, and they may weaken over time.

Parkinson's disease is a chronic and progressive movement disorder that affects thousands of individuals worldwide. The cure for the progressive disease is yet to be discovered, but there are several options to alleviate and slow the process of degeneration. Marijuana oil is said to be an effective help for those who were diagnosed with Parkinson's but further research needs to be done for it to be approved by health care professionals.

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