AANS Neurosurgeon | Volume 27, Number 2, 2018


Study: Regular Exercise at Any Age Might Stave off Alheimer's

Fitness level correlates with increased blood flow to essential areas of the brain

Researchers from the University of Kentucky College of Health Sciences, led by Nathan Johnson, PT, DPT, PhD, developed a research study to look at how exercise could potentially provide some measure of protection from the effects of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias. “We set out to characterize the relationship between heart function, fitness and cerebral blood flow, which no other study had explored to date,” Johnson said. “In other words, if you’re in good physical shape, does that improve blood flow to critical areas of the brain? And does that improved blood flow provide some form of protection from dementia?” Thirty men and women were studied. Results from this study show that based on their level of physical fitness, there were increased levels of blood and oxygen to critical areas of the brain. To read more, click here.

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