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Physical Activity and The Risk of Alzheimer’s

April 24, 2012

via Coloradoan.com

Increasing physical activity, which can include simple activities such as cooking, cleaning, and even playing cards, has been linked to a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease, even in individuals over the age of 80.

“We’ve known that muscle activity generates neurons in the brain, but this study gives us additional motivation,” says physician Gary Kennedy, director of geriatric psychiatry at Montefiore Medical Center in New York, who was not associated with the study.

Overall, this is great news and although there are many variables to consider, the concludes by stating “In an accompanying editorial, the authors cite physical activity as a promising, low-cost, easily accessible and side-effect-free means to prevent Alzheimer’s”.

Hopefully, armed with this knowledge, physical activity will be further encouraged amongst all individuals.  Previous experience and a look through history would suggest that knowledge is often not enough to create a lifelong commitment in changing one’s life; however, it is definitely the first of crucial steps.

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