Alzheimer’s Disease Related To Physical Activity – Improved Fitness May Reduce Risk For Mild or advanced Condition

Alzheimer’s Disease Related To Physical Activity – Improved Fitness May Reduce Risk For Mild or advanced Condition

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(Best Syndication News) Exercise may help prevent advanced Alzheimer’s disease (AD) in people with early stages, according to new research from the United States. Mild Alzheimer’s patients with “lower physical fitness” had smaller brains than their “higher physical fitness” counterparts.

Although there was no difference in patients without the disease, there was a noticeable difference in Alzheimer’s patients. Study author Jeffrey M. Burns, MD, of the University of Kansas School of Medicine in Kansas City said “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.”

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The new research compared 57 dementia patients to 64 healthy subjects. All of the participants were over the age of 60 and underwent fitness tests using the treadmill. Their brains were also measured using a scan to detect white matter, gray matter and total volume.

The findings are important because people in the premature stages may be able to hold-off the disease. “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”, according to Burns.

The size of the brain is directly related to cognitive ability. “Evidence shows decreasing brain volume is tied to poorer cognitive performance, so preserving more brain volume may translate into better cognitive performance,” Burns said.

Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease. In the early stages the symptoms include memory and language difficulties. The vocabulary may shrink and there may be a decrease in word fluency. It is estimated that there are 26.6 million people suffering worldwide from the disease.

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By Jeffrey Workman
Best Syndication News Health Writer



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