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J Parkinsons Dis. 2018;8(1):107-111. doi: 10.3233/JPD-171218.

Physical Activity in Early Parkinson Disease.

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1
Parkinson's Disease Research, Education, and Clinical Center, Corporal Michael J. Crescenz VA Medical Center, Philadelphia, PA, USA.
2
Department of Neurology, University of Pennsylvania Health System, Philadelphia, PA, USA.

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Physical activity and exercise improve outcomes in Parkinson disease (PD), however little is known about activity levels in early PD patients.

OBJECTIVE AND METHODS:

We examined self-reported activity scores and examined associations with clinical characteristics in 383 PD subjects and 175 healthy controls from the Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative (PPMI).

RESULTS:

Activity scores were 8% lower for PD subjects than HC (162.6±86.2 vs 175.0±78.5, p = 0.10). Higher scores were associated with younger age and male sex. Only 47% of PD subjects and 44% of HC reported activity consistent with standard recommendations for adults.

CONCLUSIONS:

Our findings highlight the need to encourage exercise even in early PD.

KEYWORDS:

Disease progression; Parkinson Progression Markers Initiative; Parkinson disease; physical activity

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