Publication date: Feb 13, 2020
In a new study, researchers found that a physically active lifestyle is associated with close to a 30% reduced risk for Parkinson’s Disease (PD).
To better understand the relationship between physical activity and PD, the team analyzed medical records of nearly 200,000 long-distance skiers who took part in the Vasaloppet cross-country ski race.
The team found that the skiers were almost 30% less likely to develop PD than non-skiers.
The team says individuals who are physically well-trained have a greater motor reserve, which for every given level of Parkinson’s brain damage would result in fewer motor symptoms thus delaying the diagnosis of PD.
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