Alzheimer’s & Exercise

Exercising & Fitness Can Help Fight Alzheimer.

Alzheimer’s is an awful disease which is caused by tangles and plaques.

Whereas plaques are formed from deposits of amyloid beta protein between the nerve cells, tangles
are caused by tau protein deposits within the nerves. These deposits affect the nerve’s ability to communicate, and they eventually die. A person with Alzheimer’s disease get forget easily and they may end up to being unable to care for their daily needs.

Exercise helps

Fortunately, exercise may be able to help prevent Alzheimer’s disease. In a study of 1,880
septuagenarians by Columbia University, researchers monitored the diets and levels of physical activity for five years. Accordingly, researchers found those who followed the healthiest diets were 40% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s, and those who got the most exercise were 37% less likely to develop Alzheimer’s. Furthermore, those who scored in the top third for both diet and exercise were 59% less likely to get Alzheimer’s than those in the bottom third of the group.

Exercise is beneficial for physical and mental health and may improve the quality of life for people in all stages of the condition.improving cognition – recent studies have shown that exercise may improve memory and slow down mental decline

The benefit of physical activity

Two studies done on mice also showed the benefits of exercise in preventing Alzheimer’s. In one
study done on mice, researchers found that physical activity inhibited Alzheimer’s-like brain changes. In another study with mice bred to develop Alzheimer’s-like plaque in the brain, researchers found that mice that
exercised had 50% to 80% less plaque than the mice that didn’t exercise.

Some researchers believe that exercise stimulates the production of FGF-2. FGF-2, a growth hormone, helps the brain build new neurons. Furthermore, it also improves the overall functioning of the brain.

Exercise Can Also Slow The Degerative Process

In addition to preventing Alzheimer’s disease, exercise can also help those who already have Alzheimer’s. In an Alzheimer’s disease rehab by students, after a year of exercise, they found people with Alzheimer’s in the program showed a dramatic improvement in physical fitness, mood, language, and a slower decline in mental status. Another study by an Italian research group found significant improvement in four cognitive measures after only three months of exercise.

Exercise can also be used as a ‘medicine’ for managing established AD by: slowing the progression of AD in people with mild to moderate cognitive impairment improving physical and mental function slowing or reversing the muscle wasting often associated with advanced disease improving mood and depression in patients with existing disease and lessening behavioural problems in people with advanced disease.

People who are physically active have a lower risk of developing AD than those who are inactive

Whether you’re trying to prevent Alzheimer’s disease or slow down the progression of Alzheimer’s, the benefits of exercise are clear. Being physically active not only promotes physical fitness but mental fitness too.

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