Exercise Reduces Risk of Epilepsy in Men?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) –A new study suggests that men who exercise vigorously as young adults may reduce their risk of developing epilepsy later in life.
For the study, over a million Swedish men were given cycle tests that measured their cardiovascular fitness. They were then evaluated for epilepsy for an average of 25 years. Researchers found that men who had a high level of fitness were 79 percent less likely to develop epilepsy than those with low fitness levels and 39 percent less likely to develop epilepsy than those with medium fitness levels.
“Exercise may affect epilepsy risk in two ways. It may protect the brain and create stronger brain reserve, or it may simply be that people who are fit early in life tend to also be fit later in life, which in turn affects disease risk,” study author Elinor Ben-Menachem, PhD, MD, with the University of Gothenburg in Sweden and an associate member of the American Academy of Neurology, was quoted as saying.
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SOURCE: Neurology, September 2013
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