Cardio in Young Adulthood Preserves Memory?
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A new study at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis shows young adults who run or do other cardio exercises may preserve their memory and thinking skills in middle age (43 to 55).
For the study, 2,747 healthy people around 25 years old underwent treadmill tests the first year of the study and again 20 years later. Then, after another 5 years, their verbal memory, psychomotor speed, and executive function were measured. The results showed people who had smaller decreases in completion time on the treadmill test 20 years later were more likely to perform better on the executive function test than those who had bigger decreases.
“These changes were significant, and while they may be modest, they were larger than the effect from one year of aging,” study author David R. Jacob, Jr., PhD, was quoted as saying. “These findings are likely to help us earlier identify and consequently prevent or treat those at high risk of developing dementia.”
For more information, go to: http://www.neurology.org/content/early/2014/04/02/WNL.0000000000000310.short?sid=b5cf778b-f468-42f2-b3ee-6e144a7bddcd
SOURCE: Neurology, April 2014
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