Active Voice: Aerobic Exercise Helps Multiple Sclerosis — But How and How Fast?
from By Rebecca Spain, M.D., MSPH
Rebecca Spain, M.D., MSPH
It is generally accepted that aerobic exercise is good for cardiovascular health, improving mitochondrial adenosine triphosphate (ATP) production in skeletal muscles, and reducing risks of other chronic diseases. We also know that aerobic exercise improves cognitive function and reduces fatigue—this holds true for people with multiple sclerosis (MS) who often are affected by these consequences of their disease. Less known is how quickly improvements may develop in these functions as a result of participating in aerobic physical activity, nor have the cerebral mechanisms underlying such clinical improvements been identified.
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