Sunday, July 20, 2008

Exercise Slows Down Alzheimer's Disease. A Bonus For Your Mind And Body Health

"Exercise alone provides psychological and physical benefits.

However, if you also adopt a strategy that engages your mind while
you exercise, you can get a whole host of psychological benefits fairly

"Movement is a medicine for creating change

in a person's physical, emotional, and mental states."

Carol Welch

Alzheimer's disease wreaks havoc on many old people. Medical research so far has not made any major breakthrough in the treatment of the disease. It is therefore refreshing to see a study published in the journal Neurology about the effects of exercise on the disease.

The study looked at 121 people over 60 years old. About half of them had early stages of the disease. Those with Alzheimer's who were less fit had four times more signs of brain shrinkage than those who were fit.

Other studies have showed that exercise can increase the growth of the hippocampus. During exercise, the brain sends a chemical called BNDF to the brain that causes growth of new cells. Though new cells cannot grow throughout the brain, studies have found that in aging brains some parts of the brain cells rewire themselves
with exercises.

Thus self care is the cornerstone of brain care. Exercise, healthy eating and healthy thoughts can go a long way to keep your mind and body healthy.


DDPitch said...

I am taking Fish Oil 300mg Omega3s.
What type of fish can I have as part of my daily food intake, without living on vitamins?

Manny Essel, MD,MBA, said...

Salmon is my favorite. I eat it everyday. Enjoy.

ddpitch said...

Thank you I like it too.
But it is expensive, well I guess !!!