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Bodybuilding and Alzheimer?

Aug 15th 2014 at 10:31 PM

Many people still do not know the benefits of the relationship between weight and Alzheimer's , but the fact is that physical activity improves brain function of patients who have cognitive disabilities.

A study by University of British Columbia, Canada, and published in the journal Archives of Internal Medicine (American Medical Association) found that patients who did physical exercises such as weight training had a better quality of life.

Scientists recruited elderly women aged between 70 and 80 years and divided them into two groups to participate in a program of aerobic exercise and weight training twice a week for six months.

After this period, the two groups were subjected to an examination of functional MRI which showed that physical activity of muscle tone had a greater positive impact on brain function of the volunteers.Bodybuilding and Alzheimer

The head of the team of researchers from Canadian universities, Teresa Liu-Ambrose said: "do weight training twice a week may be a promising strategy to alter the trajectory of cognitive decline among the elderly."

The survey also showed that weight training caused significant functional changes in parts of the brain regions involved in memory , while the group dedicated to aerobic exercise did not show similar improvements.

However, the researchers found that aerobic training improves performance in a different memory task, called Auditory Verbal Learning Test of Rey (RAVLT).

bodybuilding and AlzheimerAlthough weight training twice a week can prevent the trajectory of cognitive decline in elderly people with mild cognitive impairment (MCI - acronym in English), the researchers believe that these data can not be generalized

to men and women of different ages.
The researcher Lindsay Nagamatsu added "More research is needed to determine the effects of these two different types of training."

Bodybuilding and Alzheimer's: The Alzheimer's in Brazil
The disease has become increasingly common in Brazil due to the increase in life expectancy. According to surveys conducted abroad and IBGE data, we can estimate that there are 1.2 million patients in the country,

with about 100 000 new cases per year. Worldwide, between 1 and 6% of people over age 65 are living with Alzheimer's. The World Health Organization (WHO) believes that the number of positive diagnoses the problem will double within 20 years.

The early form of the disease usually develops after the age of 50, but there are rare cases in which it was detected in adults aged between 30 and 40 years.

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