Aerobic Exercise May Slow Dementia in Women
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – A recent study shows regular aerobic exercise could increase the size of the hippocampus, the area of the brain involved in verbal memory and learning, among women whose intellectual capacity has been affected by age.
For the study, researchers tested the impact of different exercises on the hippocampal volume of 86 women between ages 70 and 80 with mild memory problems, known as cognitive impairment, which is a common risk factor for dementia.
The results showed the total volume of the hippocampus in the group who completed six months of aerobic training was significantly larger than those who did muscle toning and balance exercises. Aerobic exercise seems to slow the shrinkage of the hippocampus and maintain volume in older women at risk of developing dementia.
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SOURCE: British Journal of Sports Medicine, April 2014
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