Jumping and stretching slowed brain damage in Alzheimer's

The search for methods that will help to stop or at least slow down the progression of age – related dementia is an urgent problem of modern science. Scientists from the University of Texas (Dallas, USA) conducted a study that showed that simple exercises help to slow down destructive processes in the brain. 

The study involved 70 people with mild symptoms of Alzheimer's disease, primarily with memory impairment. Participants were divided into two groups: the first during the year was engaged in aerobic exercises (jumping, running, etc.), and the second – strength exercises and stretching.

 A survey of patients after 12 months of training showed that regular exercise could not reverse the disorders in the brain, but significantly slowed the pace of their progression.

Participants whose neurons had a high concentration of beta-amyloid (a protein that accumulates in the brain in Alzheimer's) were the most sensitive to exercise: both types of exercises had a positive impact on their cognitive functions. All patients participating in the study showed memory, improvements but those who engaged in aerobic exercise also had positive changes in the cardiovascular system. 

Sept. 20, 2019, 11:23 a.m.

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