Cats: Exercise, Health, stay healthy, Wellness
Tags: be active, Brain, brain atrophy, older people, physical activity, stay fit, white matter
The reviewed research is interesting because no one wants to lose any of the brain they have. In this study the researchers investigated the association between physical activity at age 70 years and structural brain biomarkers at 73 years (Gow AJ, et al. 2012). Computational image processing methods were used to measure atrophy and white matter lesions.
The results documented that a higher level of physical activity was associated with less atrophy and white matter lesions.
This is certainly another good reason to keep physically active as you get older.
To read the original abstract, click on the reference below.
Gow AJ, Bastin ME, Muñoz Maniega S, Valdés Hernández MC, Morris Z, Murray C, Royle NA, Starr JM, Deary IJ, Wardlaw JM. Neuroprotective lifestyles and the aging brain: activity, atrophy, and white matter integrity. Neurology. 2012 Oct 23;79(17):1802-8. doi: 10.1212/WNL.0b013e3182703fd2.