Work Out or Blank Out

One of the greatest health fears as we age is Alzheimer’s Disease, the loss of memory disease that seems to turn us into vegetables. This study reinforces the benefits of exercise.

As we age we tend to have less energy, more joint pain, and it seems “right” to take it easy. We’ve earned it, right? Wrong.

Burning more calories linked with greater gray matter volume, reduced Alzheimer’s risk | EurekAlert! Science News

Using mathematical modeling, the researchers found that the individuals who burned the most calories had larger gray matter volumes in the frontal, temporal and parietal lobes of the brain, areas that are associated with memory, learning and performing complex cognitive tasks. In a subset of more than 300 participants at the Pitt site, those with the highest energy expenditure had larger gray matter volumes in key areas on initial brain scans and were half as likely to have developed Alzheimer’s disease five years later.

Source: Burning more calories linked with greater gray matter volume, reduced Alzheimer’s risk | EurekAlert! Science News

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