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Alzheimer’s Can’t Keep Up with Exercise, Study Says

Moderate amounts of exercise can slow the progression of Alzheimer’s disease, an article published in The New York Times’ Well Blog reports. A recent study published in PMC surveyed 100 men and women ages 65-89, separating the participants into 4 groups based on whether or not they exercised, and if they had the epsilon4 gene, which is linked to an increased risk of Alzheimer’s. The results showed that after 18 months, the hippocampi of the epsilon4 group who did not exercise had shrunken by a significant average of 3 percent, while those who did exercise saw no change in size. Researchers believe that exercise helps to fight altered fat metabolism in the brain, which the e4 gene is known to affect.

Read the article published in the New York Times’ Well Blog.

Read the study published in PMC.