Wisconsin Alzheimer's expert shows research supports exercise as a way to slow the progression of cognitive decline.
New research shows aerobics may help executive function in people at risk for Alzheimer's.
Lead investigator of the Wisconsin Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Ozioma C. Okonkwo, Ph.D., recently published a study on the impact of aerobics on the executive brain function of people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). The study was published in the journal of Brain Plasticity.
The improvements were a result of increased cardiorespiratory fitness. Oxioma said, "This research shows that a lifestyle behavior — regular aerobic exercise — can potentially enhance brain and cognitive functions that are particularly sensitive to the disease. The findings are especially relevant to individuals who are at a higher risk due to family history or genetic predisposition,"
Exercise as a strategy to decrease the risk of developing a neurological condition, or slow its progression, makes sense. It also gives people at risk more options than Alzheimer's drugs that have been criticized for their limited therapeutic capacity.
Sadly the disease is projected to rise in the future, and people are looking for easy strategies that they can use to be proactive at staying healthy. This research gives us one more reason to get to the gym, go for a walk, or do some yoga! Exercise makes your life better!
"This study is a significant step toward developing an exercise prescription that protects the brain against AD, even among people who were previously sedentary," said Okonkwo.
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