Aerobic walking exercise may boost cognitive function in multiple sclerosis

  • Multiple sclerosis (MS) is an unpredictable disease of the central nervous system with no known exact cause. It has no cure.
  • Cognitive processing speed (CPS) impairment is prevalent among people with MS and correlates with increased difficulties in daily living functions.
  • In a recent pilot study, participants who undertook aerobic walking exercise training showed moderate CPS improvement after 16 weeks.
  • The research suggests that remote exercise training may be a viable tool to improve CPS impairment in fully ambulatory people with MS.
  • The study authors hope that their protocol and findings lay the framework for randomized trials with larger samples.

By Jeanna D. Smiley on May 10, 2023 — Fact checked by Catherine Carver, MPH

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