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Exercising and Alzheimer’s

Fitness Column
By: Kacie Bryant, Special to The News Messenger
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A recent report predicts that one out of every eight people will develop Alzheimer’s disease. As frightening as that is, the good news is that there is a lot of research being done and new treatments are on the horizon. For now, there is no cure but studies continually support that physical exercise is effective therapy to prevent Alzheimer’s. Studies have suggested that raising your heart rate for at least 30 minutes several times a week can lower your risk of Alzheimer’s. Arthur Kramer, a neuroscientist says, this of exercise and memory: “There are improvements in the chemistry of the brain in terms of the molecules that protect the brain, increases in the number of connections between neurons, which allows us to encore new learning and memory, and even the birth of new neurons in one region of the brain that supports memory.” In one study of 6,000 women age 65 and older, they found that women who included and exercise program in their lives were less likely to develop the disease. University of Chicago studies showed that mice allowed to stay physically active had 50 to 80 percent less Alzheimer’s type plaque in their brains than mice who remained sedentary. For people who have already developed Alzheimer’s, a light amount of exercise or walking appears to reduce wandering, aggression and agitation. Especially for those who have a family history of Alzheimer’s, and anyone who think they might be in beginning stages of Alzheimer’s disease, get out and exercise. Kacie Bryant is a trainer at Guiding Fitness, 424 G St., Suite 204, in Lincoln. Phone number is 626-7739. Or go online to GuidingFitness.com.