Add This to Your List of Diseases That Exercise Can Ward Off

Here's another reason to exercise that'll get you off your feet the minute you're done reading it.


Melissa Romero  |

What you call kicking back we call an invitation to illness.

Active guys have a lower risk of Parkinson’s disease, a degenerative condition that affects 50 percent more men than women.

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Add it to your list of ailments that working out may help keep at bay, along with heart disease, diabetes, depression, stroke, Alzheimer’s, and some cancers. Parkinson’s is incurable. It destroys your balance, slows your movements, and causes tremors and stiffness in your arms and legs, according to the National Parkinson Foundation. It affects about six million people worldwide.

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Scientists in Sweden found that men who exercise, do household chores, and walk or bike to work are about 45 percent less likely to develop Parkinson’s than guys who admit to being sloths.

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The disease is linked to the loss of neurons that produce dopamine, a neurotransmitter that becomes more efficient with exercise, says study author Fei Yang, M.D., Ph.D.

Your weekly goal: at least six hours of physical activity, the minimum shown to be protective against Parkinson’s.

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