At the University of Washington in Seattle, researchers have taken this theory from mice to human patients in an extensive study on the effects of exercise on Alzheimer’s disease and have contracted similar results. According to Dr. Jeffrey Kaye, “…the challenge now, is to understand, at a scientific level, what elements really do enhance brain function, and what level, what dose of activity is needed.” According to the studies at the University of Washington, not just any exercise will do; 23 of the 33 volunteers, who were involved in an intense aerobic program, showed increase in cognitive abilities while the remaining 10, involved in non-aerobic stretching and balance exercises, continued to demonstrate the degrading symptoms of Alzheimer’s.
While the research and knowledge of the true effects of exercise on Alzheimer’s patients is still relatively young, there is a universal encouragement from the scientific community for those affected by Alzheimer’s to remain physically active for the better of their condition. As research pertaining to this phenomenon continues to expand and develop and more is understood about the biological factors involved, there is a great potential for a treatment, possibly even a cure, of Alzheimer’s disease to be developed utilizing the methods of one of the most primitive of human activities: exercise.
Article by Roskamp Institute Inter Alec Waid.
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