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Can Exercise Help People with Parkinson’s Disease?

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Exercise may help people with Parkinson’s disease improve their balance, ability to move around and quality of life, even if it does not reduce their risk of falling, according to a new study published in the online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

For the study, 231 people with Parkinson’s disease either received their usual care or took part in an exercise program of 40 to 60 minutes of balance and leg strengthening exercises three times a week for six months. This minimally-supervised exercise program was prescribed and monitored by a physical therapist with participants performing most of the exercise at home. On average, 13 percent of the exercise sessions were supervised by a physical therapist.

Falling is a common problem for people with Parkinson’s, with 60 percent falling each year and two-thirds of those falling repeatedly.

“The resulting injuries, pain, limitations of activity and fear of falling again can really affect people’s health and well-being,” said study author Colleen G. Canning, PhD, of the University of Sydney in Australia.

Compared to those in the control group, the number of falls by participants who exercised was reduced in those with less severe Parkinson’s disease, but not in those with more severe disease. For those with less severe disease a 70 percent reduction in falls was reported in those who exercised compared to those who did

These results suggest that minimally supervised exercise programs aimed at reducing falls in people with Parkinson’s should be started early in the disease process,” Canning said.

Overall, those who took part in the exercise program performed better on tests of ability to move around and balance, had a lower fear of falls and reported better overall mood and quality of life.

Source: American Academy of Neurology

Chinese Vegetarian Stir-fry with Luffa

Ingredients

12 oz luffa (絲瓜)
1/4 oz dried cloud-ear fungus
3 oz deep-fried tofu
1 slice ginger
few slices carrot

Sauce

1/2 tbsp oyster sauce
1/3 tsp salt
1/2 tsp sugar
1/8 tsp sesame oil
dash ground white pepper
3/4 cup vegetable stock

Thickening

2/3 tsp cornstarch
2 tbsp water

Method

  1. Cut each deep-fried tofu in half.
  2. Soak dried fungus for an hour. Wash and tear into pieces. Parboil in boiling water for 5 minutes. Remove and rinse with cold water. Drain.
  3. Peel and wash luffa. Cut into triangular pieces.
  4. Stir-fry luffa with 2 tbsp oil. Remove when the colour is green.
  5. Sauté ginger with 1 tbsp oil. Add fungus and tofu. Stir-fry briefly and add sauce ingredients. Cook for 5 minutes until sauce is almost absorbed.
  6. Add carrot and luffa. Cook for about 1 minute. Add thickening. Toss until sauce thickens. Remove and serve hot.

Source: Hong Kong magazine


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