2.5 hours exercise a week “can reduce effects of Parkinson’s”

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Author: Joe McAweaneyPublished: 5 April 2017

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A new study has found that doing 2.5 hours of exercise per week can reduce the effects of Parkinson’s.

The study, which appeared in the Journal of Parkinson’s Disease, sampled 3,408 people living with Parkinson’s. They found that those exercising for 150 minutes a week were affected less by the condition.

Lead investigator Miriam Rafferty, of Northwestern University and Rehabilitation Institute of Chicago, said: “We found that people with Parkinson’s disease who maintained exercise 150 minutes per week had a smaller decline in quality of life and mobility over two years compared to people who did not exercise or exercised less.”

He added: “People with Parkinson’s disease should feel empowered to find the type of exercise they enjoy, even those with more advanced symptoms.”

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