Exercise Can Help Prevent Alzheimer’s

There are many reasons that more exercise lowers the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, which was highlighted in a recent study, says a New York neurologist. In the study, published in Frontiers in Aging Neuroscience, people who were not exercising as much and had the risk factor gene for Alzheimer’s disease had greater shrinkage of their hippocampus, which is a part of the brain involved in memory. This is not a clinical trial of exercise, says Marc Gordon, MD, chief of neurology at Zucker Hillside Hospital in Glen Oaks and investigator at The Feinstein Institute for Medical Research in Manhasset. Dr. Gordon encourages people to exercise regularly and choose whatever form of exercise they most enjoy.

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