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    Default Can Exercise Slow Down Alzheimer's?

    Ana Sanddoiu
    September 19 2019

    A proof-of-concept brain imaging study suggests that exercising four or five times a week may delay the progression of Alzheimer's disease in people who already have toxic buildups of beta-amyloid protein.

    The new research is a 1-year randomized controlled trial led by Prof. Rong Zhang. The team published their findings in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.

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    Default Re: Can Exercise Slow Down Alzheimer's?

    Such a simple solution… So hard to get people off the couch!
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    Exercise...yes. Top notch nutrition and vitamins....yes. Meditation...yes. And, almost any healthy thing or act will benefit the buildup of brain plaque. In 1906, Alois Alzheimer, a neuroanamotist, reported to a meeting of South-West German psychiatrists on the topic: "A peculiar severe disease process of the cerebral cortex." He had followed a 50 year old woman from her admission for paranoia, progressive sleep and memory disturbance, aggression, and confusion until her death 5 years later in 1911. At this time, in 1911, he wrote: "There is then no tenable reason to consider these cases as caused by a specific disease process." Obviously, there are many ways to interpret his conclusion, but it seems to me a very clear statement that there is no single cause or lifestyle that leads to Alzheimer's. Consequently, almost any healthy pursuit, including exercise, will benefit this disease. Perhaps, if Alzheimer had lived longer he would have gained a better understanding of this disease, but, 4 yrs. after the death of this patient in 1915, he died at age 51.

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    We deal with several multifactorial diseases like Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, autism. I wonder to what extent these may be categorized as lifestyle diseases? Humanity has become increasingly sedentary in a highly polluted world.
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    I believe neurodegenerative diseases, like Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, can be categorized as lifestyle diseases, but with caveats. For instance, researchers have identified the ApoE4 gene, which pre-disposes a person to Alzheimer's. Likewise, a number of gene mutations have been identified in people with Parkinson's. So, I'm hesitant to categorize them as "totally" lifestyle diseases, but certainly lifestyle and environmental factors may help trigger these. Much more work in the field of "epigenetics" is needed to determine which particular environmental factors switch these genes "on" or "off."

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    Epigenetics at work again.

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