Alzheimer’s Patients Can Help Their Brain With Exercise

July 15, 2008

According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, Alzheimer's patients can help out their brains with exercise..Boston (ChattahBox) – According to a new study published in the journal Neurology, Alzheimer’s patients can help out their brains with exercise.

The study was published in the July 15 issue of the journal Neurology and was carried out with 121 people, all over the age of 60. All of those in the study went through fitness tests on a treadmill, and brain scans.

The idea behind the brain scans was to measure the white matter, gray matter, as well as the total volume of their brains.

Out of the 121 people, 57 of those in the group were in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. The others did not have any signs of dementia.

What they found after the study was that Alzheimer’s patients with higher physical fitness had larger brains compared to those with lower physical fitness. This shows that those with early Alzheimer’s can protect their brain functions with exercise.


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