Research reported at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference illustrates the important link between regular exercise and improved memory.
Vigorous workouts by people with mild memory impairment decreased levels of a warped protein linked to risk of later Alzheimer’s – and improved quality of life for people who already were in early stages of the disease.
Regular Exercise ‘A Fountain Of Youth’ For The Brain.
While there are still no known cures for Alzheimer’s, there are ways to lower one’s risk of developing it, and also ways to keep symptoms at bay.
The study watched 71 “previously sedentary” older adults with mild cognitive impairment start exercising three to four times a week. Participants were closely monitored, and over a short period of time, doctors found enlightening results:
MRI scans showed the exercisers experienced increased blood flow in brain regions important for memory and thought processing – while cognitive tests showed a corresponding improvement in their attention, planning and organizing abilities.
More studies just like these are happening all over the globe, a testament to burgeoning research linking healthy choices to healthy minds.
At the University of British Columbia, researchers studied 60 seniors with a different kind of mild memory impairment – caused by clogged arteries – and found six months of mostly treadmill exercise triggered improvements on cognitive tests.
Making sure regular exercise is part of your daily life, and keeping your diet full of whole foods, fruits and vegetables, will most certainly make your later years easier. Do your future self a favor and take a nice long walk today!
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