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Regular exercise changes the brain – Harvard

Eat less; move more; live longer remains the mantra of this blog. It is good to learn from Harvard, no less, that moving more also helps to keep our brain intact and functioning.

There are plenty of good reasons to be physically active. Big ones include reducing the odds of developing heart disease, stroke, and diabetes. Maybe you want to lose weight, lower your blood pressure, prevent depression, or just look better. Here’s another one, which especially applies to those of us (including me) experiencing the brain fog that comes with age: exercise changes the brain in ways that protect memory and thinking skills.

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In a study done at the University of British Columbia, researchers found that regular aerobic exercise, the kind that gets your heart and your sweat glands pumping, appears to boost the size of the hippocampus, the brain area involved in verbal memory and learning. Resistance training, balance and muscle toning exercises did not have the same results.

The finding comes at a critical time. Researchers say one new case of dementia is detected every four seconds globally. They estimate that by the year 2050, more than 115 million people will have dementia worldwide. Continue reading

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Know someone with memory loss?

I have a sensitivity to the subject of memory and cognition because of the dementia on both sides of my family. This graphic is from the Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There is a full write up with it. If you would  like to read it, here is the link: MMWR.

As you can see some form of memory loss is widespread among adults over their mid-40’s. It seems clear to me that this is a subject worth talking about – with your loved ones – as well as healthcare providers.

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Tony

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