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Intense Exercise Might Aid Parkinson’s Disease

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  • About 1 million people in the U.S. suffer from Parkinson's disease; new research shows intense exercise can help alleviate symptoms, and better than medications, which lose their effectiveness over time
  • High-intensity exercise may lower Parkinson’s disease progression, likely due to improved brain vascularity and neuronal blood supply, and it can positively impact other diseases as well
  • Separate research concluded that people who engage in six hours of moderate exercise per week reduce the risk of developing Parkinson’s disease by 43 percent

By Dr. Mercola

For newly diagnosed cases of Parkinson’s disease, new research has offered an important breakthrough that scientists say may dramatically slow progression. It may seem surprising to some, but the study indicates that intense treadmill exercise is recommended and safe. The operative word “intense” is key, because lower intensity exercise doesn’t have much of an impact, according to the randomized clinical trial published in JAMA Neurology. According to The New York Times (NYT):

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