Tribe Feed Forums 2024 Insight Does exercise attenuate disease progression in people with Parkinson’s disease? | Dr Serene Paul Reply To: Does exercise attenuate disease progression in people with Parkinson’s disease? | Dr Serene Paul

  • Sarah Askew

    11/04/2024 at 5:07 pm

    Thanks for your message Susan. Here is a response from Serene;

    Animal models of disease, including Parkinson’s, often provide insights into affected pathways and possible treatments, including types of exercise. While I am not arguing for or against animal models, it is worth noting that animal models often help simplify things for researchers to better understand possible mechanisms. It is definitely true that results from animal models do not always translate into humans, hence the importance of testing hypothesised effects and interventions in people with Parkinson’s disease. Some research designs will call for comparisons between people with vs without Parkinson’s disease (eg, to understand mechanisms) while other research designs will require both the experimental and control groups to have Parkinson’s disease (eg, to determine the effect of a particular type of exercise in people with Parkinson’s disease).

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