Study Says, Cardio And Aerobics Can Help Prevent...

We all know that cardio and aerobic activity is incredibly good for us. It keeps our hearts in shape, preventing obesity and a whole host of illnesses like heart disease and type-2 diabetes. But is it possible that cardio might also help you fight a concern faced by each and every one of us? A recent study found that having a long-term exercise program involving cardio could help to prevent cognitive deterioration as we age. The study's authors say, “aging is frequently accompanied with frailty and cognitive decline. In recent years, increasing evidence has linked physical inactivity with the development of dementias such as Alzheimer’s disease." running prevents a disease In order to figure out how exercise prevents cognitive decline, researchers used an animal study in which 12 month old mice (the equivalent of middle age in humans) were given a running wheel. Their brains were examined when the mice reached an age equivalent to 60 in humans. [bctt tweet="You may not want to run tonight, but it could save you a world of trouble down the road. "] The mice ran 2 miles per night. What the scientists found was that the mice exhibited more motivation and better ability to perform certain tasks than typical mice of the same age. Exercise was also found to lower age-related pericyte loss in the brain. Pericytes encompass blood vessels, aiding the cardiovascular system and allowing the right amount of blood get to the brain. More research needs to be done to understand the connections in humans but the authors believe these results are significant. They said, “More than five million people in the United States suffer from Alzheimer’s disease, and this is expected to exceed 10 million in the next 20 years. In order to prevent and treat age-related neurodegenerative diseases, particularly Alzheimer’s, it is essential to better understand the factors that contribute to aging-induced susceptibility.” Are you going to wait for more research or hedge your bets by hopping on that treadmill? Source: Healthypage

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