MS is characterized by inflammation, loss of myelin (the protective sheath that covers nerve axons) and axonal degeneration in the central nervous system, leading to a loss of neural functions. Recent studies suggest that physical activity is essential for people with MS as it improves walking, balance, cognition, fatigue and depression, contributing to a better quality of life.
Previous research in the elderly also showed a link between higher levels of physical activity and improvements in neural activity. However, few studies have explored how exercise impacts the brain of MS patients.
They evaluated 153 MS patients (104 women and 49 men), with a mean age of 39.3, recruited at the Multiple Sclerosis Center, Sheba Medical Center in Israel.
Physical activity was accessed using the Godin Leisure-Time Exercise Questionnaire (GLTEQ), a self-reported measure of the frequency of strenuous (i.e., jogging), moderate (fast walking), and mild (walking) exercise.
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