Saturday, April 3, 2021
Parkinson's disease can and often does affect thinking and memory skills. Actually, these problems are "among the most common nonmotor symptoms of the disease." "A new study shows that exercise may help slow cognitive decline for some people with the disease."
Research has also indicated that those with Parkinson's disease who have the gene variant apolipoprotein E e4 or APOE e4, may experience cognitive decline at an earlier, and quicker rate than those without the variant. Also, APOE e4 is known as a "genetic risk factor for Alzheimer's disease."
The mew study focused on whether exercise could slow down the cognitive decline for people that have the APOE e4 variant.
According to Jin-Sun Jun, M.D., of Hallym University in Seoul, Korea stated, “[p]roblems with thinking skills and memory can have a negative impact on people’s quality of life and ability to function, so it’s exciting that increasing physical activity could have the potential to delay or prevent cognitive decline.”
Jun also stated that there will need to be more research done in order to confirm the findings, but the results of the research suggests that "interventions that target physical activity" play a role in delaying cognitive decline in people with early Parkinson's who have the APOE e4 gene variant.
See EXERCISE MAY HELP SLOW COGNITIVE DECLINE IN SOME PEOPLE WITH PARKINSON’S DISEASE, American Academy of Neurology, March 31, 2021.
Special thanks to Lewis Saret (Attorney, Washington, D.C.) for bringing this article to my attention.