New research shows that exercise has been shown to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. Many people have been touched by Alzheimer’s through family or friends and will do what it takes to prevent onset in themselves.
Here’s a great article from the New York Times reviewing a Cleveland Clinic research study on exercise, Alzheimer-risk patients, and the e4 gene. People who carry the e4 gene and are at higher risk for Alzheimer’s based on family history may lower the risk with consistent exercise.
The short answer to the question is yes, exercise helps to prevent Alzheimer’s Disease, but if you want to find out why, take a peek at the article. While you’re there, check out the reader’s comments (right side of page). A few neuroscientists weighed in with their opinions and generously contributed their knowledge of both the subject and how research is conducted in general.
The simple answer is that exercise perfuses blood to the brain, bathing the tissue in nutrients and keeping the vessels and nerves active. If you could separate the circulatory system our from the rest of the body you’d see it takes its shape- blood circulates everywhere and exercise ensures it keeps doing that!
Studies have shown that acupuncture treatments are effective in treating Alzheimer’s, too – but that’s a post for another day. For now, try to get about 150 minutes a week, roughly 25 minutes a day, of moderate exercise to prevent Alzheimer’s disease.
Schedule NOW (303) 888-5764