Friday, October 16, 2009

Worried About Alzheimer's? The Holy Grail of Exercise

I mentioned that more than 100 million American's are touched by Alzheimer's, and more than 33 million are worried about Alzheimer's.
  • There are at least 18 research studies showing that exercise can improve memory in people suffering from Alzheimer's disease.
  • High cholesterol in your 40s increases the odds of contracting Alzheimer's--by 50 percent.
  • High blood pressure (hypertension) causes build-up of beta-amyloid in the brain. Beta-amyloid is a central component of the senile plaque in the brains of Alzheimer's patients, and its toxicity against brain cells is believed to be a prime cause of Alzheimer's.
  • This fact is not well known but if you have a big belly in middle age the chances that you could suffer from dementia are tripled.
  • To caregivers, I am convinced that exercise will lower the odds that you might suffer from Alzheimer's
    Original content Bob DeMarco, Alzheimer's Reading Room
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