Exercising the Body, Using the Brain May Ward Off Alzheimer’s Disease

Long term exercise and mental activity may reduce the risk of Alzheimer’s, shows two studies.  One study illustrated how exercise causes the brain to break down amyloid proteins that are linked to Alzheimer’s.  The second study shows that people with lifelong mental activity demonstrated lower levels of the same amyloid protein.  However, while it is easy to prescribe an exercise regime, it is still difficult to prescribe a mental activity regime. “Exercise is number one,” says Rudolph Tanzi, Director of the Genetics and Aging Research University at Massachusetts General Hospital. “So for prevention, I think the strongest data comes with physical exercise.”

February 8, 2012, AARP


Written by Michael Haerderle