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With Support From Nurses, The Elderly Can Improve Health And Wellbeing Through Exercise

February 24, 2014: 12:00 AM EST
A 12-center clinical trial involving patients with advanced amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS, or Lou Gehrig’s disease) demonstrated that a high-carbohydrate, high-caloric diet can delay progression of the disease. A fatal neurodegenerative disorder that destroys the ability to control muscles, ALS leads to respiratory failure and death within three years of diagnosis. For the study, three groups of patients were fed different diets. After four months, patients given the high-carbohydrate/high-calorie diet experienced fewer adverse events (23 vs. 42), and significantly fewer serious adverse events (0 vs. 9, including deaths from respiratory failure) than the control group.
Ricky Wallace et al., "Effects of a 12-week community exercise program on older people", Nursing Older People, February 24, 2014, © RCN Publishing Company Limited
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