Just over half of all men and almost two-thirds of women who hit 75 stop exercising altogether. But believe it or not, ditching exercise isn’t just bad for your waistline – it could be like poison for your brain.
Previous studies have shown that 13 per cent of Alzheimer’s cases are linked to sedentary behaviour – and that exercise can slow Alzheimer’s progression – but new research is taking that one huge step farther.
According to a recent study, elderly patients who keep up with calorie-burning exercise can actually PREVENT the development of Alzheimer’s disease in the first place.
Researchers studied a pool of 876 volunteers who were 65 and older and found that their energy output after some physical activity (measured by the number of calories burned) directly correlated with their amount of gray matter in areas of the brain responsible for memory and thinking.
These people didn’t just avoid the brain shrink we typically associate with dementia – they actually saw their brain volumes INCREASE, as measured via brain scan.
There will be almost 76 million people living with dementia by the year 2030. That’s almost double the number of people struggling with the disease today.
But memory loss isn’t just one of those things that you have to accept.
So get up and get moving – even if you just start with a couple of quick brisk walks each week, then slowly start upping your frequency and duration.
Whatever it is, make sure it’s something you enjoy, so you can stick with it.
The more energy you expend – and the more calories you burn – the safer your precious memories will be.Wishing you the best of health,
Dr. Glenn S. Rothfeld
Nutrition & Healing
Longitudinal Relationships between Caloric Expenditure and Gray Matter in the Cardiovascular Health Study, content.iospress.com/articles/journal-of-alzheimers-disease/jad160057
Calorie Burning Activities Linked To Lower Alzheimer’s Risk, Slower Progression, hngn.com/articles/187716/20160311/burning-more-calories-linked-lower-alzheimers-risk-progression.htm
Mental and social activity delays the symptoms of Alzheimer’s, time.com/3916777/alzheimers-symptoms-delay/