Multiple Sclerosis & Exercise Study - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/30/05

Multiple Sclerosis & Exercise Study

It's estimated about 400,000 people have multiple sclerosis, a condition that damages the nerve fibers like a break in an electrical cord, leaving patients with tingling, numbness, difficulty walking, or vision trouble among other problems.

It used to be that exercise was discouraged, but more recently, there is evidence that aerobic exercise may be helpful. And now, in the first study of its kind researchers at the University of Florida have found that weight training can build strength, improve walking and decrease fatigue.

"We found a significant increase in leg strength. We also found that they were able to do a stepping test, and they were able to increase their stepping speed or rate of stepping," says Lesley White, Ph.D., with the University of Florida.

"My walking is better. I don't get quite as tired as fast, going up and down steps, is better," says Sharon McDow, MS patient in study.

Of course, every MS case is different, so if you have MS, be sure to talk to your doctor before starting an exercise program.

In the meantime, don't forget the MS Walk is this Saturday at Mackenzie park. You can register at 9am and the walk begins at 10am. And a free lunch will be provided after you cross the finish line. For more information, click here.

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