Exercise May Protect Brain Volume by Keeping Insulin and BMI Levels Low

Studies have shown that exercise helps protect brain cells. A new study looking at the mechanisms involved in this relationship suggests that the role exercise plays in maintaining insulin and body mass index levels may help protect brain volume and thus help stave off dementia. The research is published in the April 13, 2022, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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“These results may help us to understand how physical activity affects brain health, which may guide us in developing strategies to prevent or delay age-related decline in memory and thinking skills,” said study author Géraldine Poisnel, PhD, of Inserm Research Center in Caen, France. “Older adults who are physically active gain cardiovascular benefits, which may result in greater structural brain integrity.”

In contrast, researchers found that the relationship between exercise and the metabolism of glucose in the brain was not affected by insulin or body mass index (BMI) levels. Reduced glucose metabolism in the brain can been seen in people with dementia.

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8 responses to “Exercise May Protect Brain Volume by Keeping Insulin and BMI Levels Low

  1. I approach health matters from the perspective that out bodies are designed to move. So moving without causing long periods of excessive strain would be the best approach.

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  2. Question, Tony: Can one gave a good low H1A score and still have pre-diabetes or blood sugar issues, especially if not eating for a while?

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  3. Rohak Jain

    Hey Tony, great read! I particularly enjoyed your in-depth discussion of glucose metabolism in the brain, since it was something I hadn’t really thought of before. Being a fellow blogger myself, I also really appreciate how organized and well-formatted everything was – it definitely made the content much more digestible overall. Keep up the awesome work!

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