Exercise Seems to Ease Parkinson’s-Related Depression

For many who deal with a chronic disease, depression can take a toll. The following study shows that a long-term exercise program can help ease depression for Parkinson’s patients. Perhaps an exercise program can help with a loved one in your life who is suffering with Parkinson’s. Read on to learn more, and thanks for visiting us at Advocare. We provide geriatric care management to area South Florida residents of North Palm Beach, Jupiter, West Palm Beach, Palm Beach Gardens, and more.

A long-term exercise program may help ease depression in people with Parkinson’s disease, according to a new, small study.

Researchers looked at 31 Parkinson’s patients who were randomly assigned to an “early start” group that did an exercise program for 48 weeks or a “late start” group that worked out for 24 weeks. The program included three one-hour cardiovascular and resistance training workouts a week.

Depression symptoms improved much more among the patients in the 48-week group than among those in the 24-week group. This is important because mood is often more debilitating than movement problems for Parkinson’s patients, said study leader Dr. Ariane Park, a movement disorder neurologist at Ohio State University’s Wexner Medical Center.

The study was published online recently in the journal Parkinsonism & Related Disorders.

More than half of Parkinson’s patients have depression, Park noted in a university news release.

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