Learn more about the study on high-intensity exercise and the onset of Parkinson’s disease.
Study finds just six minutes of daily exercise might delay onset of Parkinson’s disease
Author: Sarah McGrathPublished: 26 January 2023
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Regular exercise is a common therapeutic strategy for people with Parkinson’s. Now, a study from New Zealand has suggested that daily physical activity might even delay the onset of this condition.
Published in ‘The Physiological Society’, the study focused on a protein called brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) – which has previously been shown to boost cognitive performance. The researchers assessed the impact of fasting and physical activity on BDNF production in 12 people aged 18 to 56. The tests involved fasting and completing exercises of varying intensity, such as cycling for six minutes, as well as combinations of both fasting and physical activity.
The results showed that brief, intense exercise was the best option for increasing the production of BDNF – with the protein increasing by a factor of four to five times compared to light exercise or fasting. Because BDNF can protect the brain from cognitive decline, the findings could have implications in the Parkinson’s community.
To find out more about the latest Parkinson’s research, please visit the Parkinson’s Europe website.
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