• Shellie Scott

New studies: aerobic therapy helps slow Alzheimer's

Researchers from the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease have reported to CNN that doing half an hour of aerobic exercise four to five times weekly can help prevent or slowly decline Alzheimer’s in older people.

This is a picture of how Alzheimers effects the brain from the ALZ website.

Trials were run with people 55 or older suffering from a mild case of the disease who did some form of aerobics for 12 months.

“Aerobic exercise had more benefits on reducing hippocampus shrinkage than stretching. The hippocampus is a region of the brain crucial for memory.” These are the results that were reported to CNN from the aerobic therapy.

According to ALZ (a website that is based on the effects of Alzheimer’s on the brain), the brain experiences shrinkage during aging, but with Alzheimer’s, the part of the brain that is responsible for memory is attacked by the disease, which then destroys the cells in the brain.

This therapy does cause the disease to have slower degeneration in people who engage in aerobic therapy than people who just do flexible training.

This research suggests that just by adding these exercises in your every routine, you can help prevent and/or slow down Alzheimer’s disease.

Visit ALZ to learn more information about the Alzheimer's diseases and the effect it has on the human brain.

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