Alzheimer’s & Exercise – Partners in Recovery

Alzheimer’s & Exercise – Partners in Recovery

Alzheimer’s and exercise go hand in hand in slowing, or even reversing this dreaded disease.

Most of us know one or more of the 5.2 million people in the United States whose lives are devastated by Alzheimer’s disease. Millions more have short-term memory loss or early dementia signs.

It is estimated that 10 million baby boomers will develop Alzheimer’s in their lifetime. Some experts theorize that anybody who lives long enough will get it.

A recent study gives all of us hope. Patients with early Alzheimer’s disease who exercised regularly saw less deterioration in areas of the brain that control memory, according to a study released at the 2008 International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease.

Mild Alzheimer’s disease patients with higher physical fitness had larger brains compared to mild Alzheimer’s patients with lower physical fitness, according to a study published in the July 15, 2008, issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

For the Alzheimer’s and exercise study, 121 people age 60 and older underwent fitness tests using a treadmill as well as brain scans to measure the white matter, gray matter and total volume of their brains. Of the group, 57 were in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease while the rest of the group did not have dementia.

“People with early Alzheimer’s disease who were less physically fit had four times more brain shrinkage when compared to normal older adults than those who were more physically fit, suggesting less brain shrinkage related to the Alzheimer’s disease process in those with higher fitness levels,” said study author Jeffrey M. Burns, MD, of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City and member of the American Academy of Neurology.

The results of this Alzheimer’s and exercise study remained the same regardless of age, gender, and severity of dementia, physical activity and frailty.

“People with early Alzheimer’s disease may be able to preserve their brain function for a longer period of time by exercising regularly and potentially reducing the amount of brain volume lost.

Evidence shows decreasing brain volume is tied to poorer cognitive performance, so preserving more brain volume may translate into better cognitive performance,” Burns said.

How much exercise have you been doing lately? If you are waiting for every thing to be just right it could be a long, long time before you get started.

Brain be nimble, brain be quick.
Quicker than lightning,
Never missing a trick!

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Article Source:  Author – Gene D. Millen

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