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You would think it takes only a bit of common sense that exercising is good for you, but people with Multiple Sclerosis often don't feel like exercising. In fact, a major part of the disease is the symptom of fatigue, and that often can lead to other health problems such as diabetes, high blood pressure and being overweight.

So, it takes a study to show that exercise, for both the body and the brains, is good for people diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, a neurological disease that affects the myelin sheath around the nerves. Researches found that highly functional people with MS perform quite a bit better on tests of cognitive function than less-fit patients, and that regular and steady exercise can help greatly. Those with better fitness also showed less damage in their brain scans when taking MRIs, revealing a greater volume of vital gray matter.

The book, Exercise is good for MS, by Brad Hamler, also offers anecdotal research on how physical movement helps people with severe MS. It not only helped patients with their feeling of an overall sense of well-being, it also allowed for less stiffness and more freedom of movement. Depression is also a major symptom of MS for many patients, and doing more exercise helps people feel better about themselves.

The study tested 21 women with relapsing-remitting MS who were compared with 15 healthy females of similar age and education. The tests show that people with MS who are more fit tend to perform cognitive functions better than their less-fit counterparts. And in all of the MRI scans—which are used to show lesions of MS sufferers—showed less damage to the brains of more fit people than the less-fit patients. Researchers from Ohio State University, the University of Illinois and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, all participated in the study.

"Aerobic fitness has a protective effect on parts of the brain that are most affected by multiple sclerosis," Ruchika Shaurya Prakash, lead author of the study and assistant professor of psychology at Ohio State University, explained about the study. "As a result, these fitter patients actually show better performance on tasks that measure processing speed."

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