Exercise Helps Your Brain!

Good news (again) for those who exercise! Individuals with or without Alzheimer's disease who are physically active tend to have 5% greater brain gray matter volume than those who are less physically active. A recent study of 876 individuals who were approximately 78 years old compared those who expended 3434 calories per week with those…

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Physical Activity Improves Brain Size

Using structural MRIs, Scottish researchers have found physical activity in older individuals resulted in less brain atrophy and increased gray matter volume. In this study 700 individuals age 70 self-reported their regular activities, then 3 years later MRI tests were performed. These findings held true even after controlling for age, sex, health, and intelligence. PositiveTip:…

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Physical Activity Can Reverse Brain Loss in Elderly

A group of 120 older adults were randomly assigned between two groups: the first group had three moderate aerobic workouts a week, and the second group only stretched for the same amount of time. MRI imaging and memory tests were done at the beginning, after 6 months and after 1 year. Those who only stretched…

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Bigger Stomachs, Smaller Brains?

Could it really be related? Midlife obesity has long been associated with increased risk of dementia, although the how the relationship works has been poorly understood. Researchers examined possible associations between cerebral brain volume and obesity in 733 middle age community adults. They found a significant association between visceral (abdominal) fat and low total brain volume.…

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