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#1 Dr. Okun

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Posted 30 July 2011 - 09:14 AM

Dear forum members,

A lot of attention has been focused on riding bikes with PD. Jay Alberts from Cleveland Clinic reminds us in the article it isn't so much the bike as it is the pedaling--exercise!

Here is a blurb from his article:

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2011 Jul 18. [Epub ahead of print]
It's not about the Bike, It's About the Pedaling: Forced-Exercise and Parkinson's Disease.
Alberts JL, Linder SM, Penko AL, Lowe MJ, Phillips M.
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1Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 2Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 3Cleveland FES Center, L. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland OH.
Abstract
Forced-exercise has resulted in neuroprotective effects and improved motor function in animal studies. These promising results have not yet been fully translated to humans with Parkinson's disease (PD), as traditional exercise interventions have not yielded global improvements in function. A novel forced-exercise intervention is described that has resulted in improved motor function and central nervous system function in PD patients.

PMID: 21799425 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
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Posted 01 August 2011 - 06:11 PM

I have been trying to follow Dr. Alberts advice and been riding 80-90 rpm for 45 minutes at least 4 times per week. Put on some music and it goes by fast. I feel better and plan to keep pedaling away!

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Posted 02 August 2011 - 10:11 AM

Thanks for the great comment.
Michael S. Okun, M.D.
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National Medical Director | NPF
UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
Read More about Dr. Okun at: http://movementdisor...hael-s-okun-md/
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Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:51 PM

Dear forum members,

A lot of attention has been focused on riding bikes with PD. Jay Alberts from Cleveland Clinic reminds us in the article it isn't so much the bike as it is the pedaling--exercise!

Here is a blurb from his article:

Exerc Sport Sci Rev. 2011 Jul 18. [Epub ahead of print]
It's not about the Bike, It's About the Pedaling: Forced-Exercise and Parkinson's Disease.
Alberts JL, Linder SM, Penko AL, Lowe MJ, Phillips M.
Source
1Dept. of Biomedical Engineering, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH 2Center for Neurological Restoration, Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Cleveland, OH, 3Cleveland FES Center, L. Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center, Cleveland OH.
Abstract
Forced-exercise has resulted in neuroprotective effects and improved motor function in animal studies. These promising results have not yet been fully translated to humans with Parkinson's disease (PD), as traditional exercise interventions have not yielded global improvements in function. A novel forced-exercise intervention is described that has resulted in improved motor function and central nervous system function in PD patients.

PMID: 21799425 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]



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Posted 14 August 2011 - 08:55 PM

I was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease last year. After I learned of Dr. Alberts work I started cycling regularly. I have worked up to 55 minutes daily (except for this week since I have a cold) at a cadence of at least 100 rpm except for 5 min of warm up and cool down. I feel great!

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Posted 16 August 2011 - 11:51 AM

Thanks for the comment
Michael S. Okun, M.D.
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Posted 21 August 2011 - 06:08 AM

Has there been any research of using a elliptical machine?
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#8 Dr. Okun

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Posted 21 August 2011 - 08:29 AM

I have not seen any specifically on elliptical machines and PD, however my own theory is that the type of exercise matters less than the amount and consistency. Choose something and break a sweat while we await more detailed research.
Michael S. Okun, M.D.
Author of the Amazon Bestseller Parkinson's Treatment: 10 Secrets to a Happier Life
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UF Center for Movement Disorders & Neurorestoration
Read More about Dr. Okun at: http://movementdisor...hael-s-okun-md/
or Visit Parkinson's Disease treatment and research blogs at:
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