A new study showing that certain, specific brain-protecting protein molecules are increased with higher levels of physical activity has been making headlines this week. It comes after the news that these protein molecules could potentially lead to scientists being able to slow down the dreadful Parkinson’s disease. It’s strongly believed that a protein called DJ-1 could play a key role in the prevention of defective molecules.
How Does Exercise Affect Parkinson’s Disease?
Thanks to immense advances in science and technology as of late we may be able to slow down the negative effects of Parkinson’s disease. And is the answer complicated? No. It’s simply exercise! During exercise we all know that our body releases loads of the good stuff. Endorphins and healthy proteins that ensure your body keeps working at tip top shape. One of these, was found to slow down, almost to a halt, the rapid deterioration that comes with Parkinson’s disease.
The University of Colorado is one of the first people to come forward and publically report on the batter after extensive research and funding in this area. Is it true? Could we really be on the verge of a breakthrough in modern medicine by simply… exercising?!
What Do The Experts Say?
One of the most important parts of healthy living for everyone is exercise. With this in mind it’s clear that people who currently suffer from Parkinson’s disease won’t just value exercise for its health benefits but because it’s a vital component in maintaining a high and steady mobility and being able to take part in daily activities. However this really is the tip of a much larger iceberg as exercise literally affects the brain’s neurological processes, strengthening them and keeping them active later on in life.
The Parkinson’s Foundation Quality Improvement Initiative group studied exercise as a major part in their Parkinson’s outcomes study. Their results and data backup entirely what we are being told from other numerous sources and should not be taken lightly.
Moving Forward With These Findings
Long term advocate for this cause, professor David Dexter was quoted saying “What is particularly interesting is that this study also offers some explanation as to how exercise is actually helping – by boosting levels of the protective protein DJ-1,”.
In moving forward with the information we’ve received he states that “This means that, if we could find what exactly triggers the increase in DJ-1, there may be a way to produce a treatment that could effectively slow the progression of the condition.”.
With such strong support and backing from such highly renowned and well respected people in power it’s clear to see that this news is not a flash story that we’ll forget about in a weeks time. As more money and more time and effort is being spent into spreading awareness of this cause, the more we actually find out, the more case studies we have and the more we are able to evaluate the positive effects exercise has on Parkinson’s disease.