Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations

Study shows exercise improves depression in Parkinson's patients

Date:
December 9, 2013
Source:
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center
Summary:
A new study by a movement disorder neurologist found that depression improved among patients with Parkinson’s disease who participated in a long-term group exercise program.

A new study by a movement disorder neurologist at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center found that depression improved among patients with Parkinson's disease who participated in a long-term group exercise program.

The findings are published in the journal Parkinsonism and Related Disorders.

Parkinson's disease is a progressive neurodegenerative disorder that affects more than 1 million Americans. Each year, about 60,000 Americans are newly diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Parkinson's patients develop progressive disability over time, despite the best pharmacological and surgical management. Therefore, complementary approaches that can maximize functional ability and improve quality of life are important.

In this pilot study, 31 patients with Parkinson's disease were randomly assigned to an "early start group" or a "delayed start group" for a rigorous formal group exercise program that met for one hour, three days a week. The early start group exercised for a total of 48 weeks, while the delayed start group exercised only the last 24 weeks. One patient dropped out of the study.

"Our findings demonstrate that long-term group exercise programs are feasible in the Parkinson's disease population. Patients enjoyed exercising, and they stayed with the program that included cardiovascular and resistance training," said principal investigator Dr. Ariane Park, a movement disorder neurologist at the Madden Center for Parkinson's Disease and Related Disorders at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center.

"Our study also showed that earlier participation in a group exercise program significantly improved symptoms of depression compared to the delayed start group, and this is important because often mood can be more debilitating than motor symptoms," Park said.

More than 50 percent of patients with Parkinson's disease suffer from depression, which is why it is important to help patients find new ways to cope and improve their symptoms, said Park, who also is a researcher in Ohio State's Neuroscience Program.

Researchers had also hoped to show that exercise could slow the progression of the disease, but the study did not provide strong evidence of any 'neuroprotective' effect on motor function, possibly because of the small sample size, Park said.

"We recommend exercise to all of our Parkinson's patients. Currently, there is no consensus on a standardized physical exercise regimen with regard to type, frequency and intensity. The literature supports that any routine that improves physical fitness is good for Parkinson's disease -- and that can include walking, swimming, tai chi or even dancing," Park said. "We just want patients to move on a regular basis. Not only will they move better, but they will feel better."


Story Source:

The above story is based on materials provided by Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length.


Journal Reference:

  1. A. Park, D. Zid, J. Russell, A. Malone, A. Rendon, A. Wehr, X. Li. Effects of a formal exercise program on Parkinson's disease: A pilot study using a delayed start design. Parkinsonism & Related Disorders, 2013; DOI: 10.1016/j.parkreldis.2013.10.003

Cite This Page:

Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Study shows exercise improves depression in Parkinson's patients." ScienceDaily. ScienceDaily, 9 December 2013. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131209132450.htm>.
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. (2013, December 9). Study shows exercise improves depression in Parkinson's patients. ScienceDaily. Retrieved September 18, 2014 from www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131209132450.htm
Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. "Study shows exercise improves depression in Parkinson's patients." ScienceDaily. www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/12/131209132450.htm (accessed September 18, 2014).

Share This



More Health & Medicine News

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Featured Research

from universities, journals, and other organizations


Featured Videos

from AP, Reuters, AFP, and other news services

The Cost of Ebola

The Cost of Ebola

Reuters - Business Video Online (Sep. 18, 2014) As Sierra Leone prepares for a three-day "lockdown" in its latest bid to stem the spread of Ebola, Ciara Lee looks at the financial implications of fighting the largest ever outbreak of the disease. Video provided by Reuters
Powered by NewsLook.com
What HealthKit Bug Means For Your iOS Fitness Apps

What HealthKit Bug Means For Your iOS Fitness Apps

Newsy (Sep. 18, 2014) Apple has delayed the launch of the HealthKit app platform, citing a bug. Video provided by Newsy
Powered by NewsLook.com
Residents Vaccinated as Haiti Fights Cholera Epidemic

Residents Vaccinated as Haiti Fights Cholera Epidemic

AFP (Sep. 18, 2014) Haitians receive the second dose of the vaccine against cholera as part of the UN's vaccination campaign. Duration: 00:34 Video provided by AFP
Powered by NewsLook.com
Raw: Elephant Undergoes Surgery in Tbilisi Zoo

Raw: Elephant Undergoes Surgery in Tbilisi Zoo

AP (Sep. 18, 2014) Grand the elephant has successfully undergone surgery to remove a portion of infected tusk at Tbilisi Zoo in Georgia. British veterinary surgeons used an electric drill to extract the infected piece. (Sept. 18) Video provided by AP
Powered by NewsLook.com

Search ScienceDaily

Number of stories in archives: 140,361

Find with keyword(s):
Enter a keyword or phrase to search ScienceDaily for related topics and research stories.

Save/Print:
Share:

Breaking News:
from the past week

In Other News

... from NewsDaily.com

Science News

Health News

Environment News

Technology News



Save/Print:
Share:

Free Subscriptions


Get the latest science news with ScienceDaily's free email newsletters, updated daily and weekly. Or view hourly updated newsfeeds in your RSS reader:

Get Social & Mobile


Keep up to date with the latest news from ScienceDaily via social networks and mobile apps:

Have Feedback?


Tell us what you think of ScienceDaily -- we welcome both positive and negative comments. Have any problems using the site? Questions?
Mobile: iPhone Android Web
Follow: Facebook Twitter Google+
Subscribe: RSS Feeds Email Newsletters
Latest Headlines Health & Medicine Mind & Brain Space & Time Matter & Energy Computers & Math Plants & Animals Earth & Climate Fossils & Ruins