Dr J. Carson Smith, of the University of Maryland discovered that regular exercise can keep dementia away even if it is in your genes based upon a study of men and women in their 60s, 70s and 80s. The latest’s findings found that being active at least three times a week stopped the brain from shrinking even for those at high risks.
The 18-month study tested for the APOE-e4 gene and measured the brain size of research seniors at the start and end of the study. The APOE-e4 is a gene that increases the risk of Alzheimer and is carried in 30% of the population.
More research is needed to determine the exact amount of exercises required to prevent brain shrinkage amongst those individuals with the APOE-e4 gene. Brain shrinkage normally occurs with age, and the hippocampus is the main target for those at genetic risk of dementia. Further research could give doctors a prescribed dosage of exercise for those seniors at the highest risk and who have the APOE-e4 gene.
FPG can help you adopt and maintain positive lifestyle changes, to reduce the risk of brain shrinkage, so you can live a longer, healthier and happier life.
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