Research: excerise and MS

Asano et ak. Exercise barriers and preferences among women and men with multiple sclerosis. Disabil Rehabil. 2013 Mar;35(5):353-61. doi: 10.3109/09638288.2012.742574.
Purpose: The primary objective of this study was to estimate the extent
to which women and men with MS present different exercise barriers. The
secondary objective was to estimate the extent to which women and men
with MS present different perceived-health, depressive symptoms, and
current exercise routines or preferences. 

Methods: This was a cross
sectional survey. 

Results: 417 people with MS completed a survey of
exercise barriers and current exercise routines, perceived-health and
depressive symptoms. The top three exercise barriers were: too tired;
impairment; and lack of time, regardless of their gender. Regardless of
their gender, three times/week and 60 min/session was identified as the
most common current exercise structure among physically active
participants. The top three currently preferred exercise by men included
walking, strengthening/weights and flexibility/stretch exercise. Women
reported the same three exercises but flexibility/stretch exercise were
slightly more popular than other exercise. Similarities in perceived
health status and depressive symptoms were seen between women and men;
expect more men were diagnosed with progressive MS (20% higher) than
women, leading to a higher rate of men reporting problems with mobility. 

Conclusion: Women and men with MS differed very little on exercise
barriers and current exercise routines, perceived health and depressive
symptoms. Even though MS is generally considered a woman’s disease, this
study did not find a strong need to develop gender specific exercise or
physical activity interventions for this population.


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  • Weak study. Nonsense results. The exercise barrier for people with MS has nothing to do with gender, it has to do with defective nerve pathways. Exercise training for MS means rebuilding pathways. The study should have examined individual exercise methods, techniques and results as a basis.

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