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Vigorous exercise is the way to go..

Early stage PD can be slowed down through intense exercises. If one has Parkinson's disease and wants to delay the progression of symptoms, one should exercise three times a week.

A more "moderate" exercise level was not effective in slowing the disease. The earlier in the disease one intervenes with intensive exercise, the more likely it is for one to prevent the progression of the disease.

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Work out for brain to fight PD?

Studies have shown that exercise has tangible benefits for people with Parkinson’s disease, a disorder where nerve degeneration erodes movement. As per one of the report, people who exercised at least 2.5 hours per week had slower disease progression. The earlier they started, the better the outcomes.

Decades of research have implicated mitochondria, the tiny power plants within cells. Normally, mitochondria break down fuel sources to generate energy for the cell’s myriad tasks, such as sending signals to other cells or dividing. But like the coal-burning power plants that we know, mitochondria also spew pollutants into the environment. These toxic molecules are called reactive oxygen species, or ROS, and when they accumulate at high levels in the cell, they can cause damage and disrupt its normal functions. This is where things go haywire for PD patients.

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Enriched Environment and Exercise Enhance Stem Cell Therapy for PD

Current preclinical data suggest stem cell transplantation is a potential treatment for these chronic conditions that lack effective long-term treatment options. EE and exercise may offer a solution to the maintenance and protection of dopaminergic neurons, evidenced through rat models. analysis revealed that rats in the exercise condition displayed a significantly higher amount of dopaminergic neurons than the control group. Ultimately, the study’s results support the long-term neuroprotective effects of exercise through immune histological results and behavioural assessments.

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Parkinson’s Disease and Sleep

Two third of PD patients struggle to get quality sleep. In fact, sleep problems can be an early indicator of the onset of PD. Sleep disturbances can lead to cognitive decline and cognitive decline itself can lead to further sleep disturbances. It impacts alertness and quality of life. PD and medication can lead to insomnia and excessive daytime sleepiness. Several patients have difficulty adjusting their sleep positions or hallucinations while trying to sleep.

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Silver lining of PD..

While Parkinson’s Disease takes a toll on physical movements, etc, a survey posted on social media regarding any possible silver lining. While most respondents identified one or more positive changes, mainly a new focus in life, better coping skills, new activities, healthier lifestyle, and improved relationships with relatives and friends. This ability to perceive a silver lining of disease is in line with the concept of adversarial growth in illness, and positive health, which underscores resilience, self-management, and the ability to adapt.

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