Should exercise be prescribed differently between women and men? An emphasis on women diagnosed with Parkinson's disease

Date

2018

Authors

Rigby, Brandon R.
Davis, Ronald W.

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Frontiers Media

Abstract

Parkinson's disease (PD) is a neurodegenerative disease caused by a reduction in dopaminergic neurons in the substantia nigra (Dexter and Jenner, 2013). Individuals can exhibit muscle tremors, rigidity, and bradykinesia, leading to posture and gait abnormalities (Dexter and Jenner, 2013). Although the incidence ratio of males to females is ~1.46 (Taylor et al., 2007), the prevalence of PD among men is doubled when compared to women (Elbaz et al., 2002). A lower mortality rate has traditionally been associated with PD in women due to the overall longer life expectancy when compared to men in the general population (Xu et al., 2014; Pinter et al., 2015). However, a diagnosis of PD was found to be associated with a two-fold increased risk for all-cause mortality in a recent study with 396 older women (Winter et al., 2016). This value is similar to that reported among older men (Xu et al., 2014).

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This article was published with support from the Texas Woman's University Libraries' Open Access Fund.
Article originally published in Frontiers in Physiology, 9. English. Published online 2018. https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.01040

Keywords

Aerobic, Female, Flexibility, Functional abilities, Neurodegenerative, Resistance

Citation

This is the publisher’s version of an article that is available at https://doi.org/10.3389/fphys.2018.01040. Recommended citation: Rigby, B. R., & Davis, R. W. (2018). Should exercise be prescribed differently between women and men? An emphasis on women diagnosed with Parkinson's disease. Frontiers in Physiology, 9. This item has been deposited in accordance with publisher copyright and licensing terms and with the author’s permission.

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