Blood To Brain Prevents Disease

New research out of the University of Maryland’s School of Public Health shows that exercise may improve cognitive function in those at risk for Alzheimer’s disease by improving the efficiency of brain activity associated with memory.

Memory loss leading to Alzheimer’s disease is one of the greatest fears among older Americans. While some memory loss is normal and to be expected as we age, a diagnosis of mild cognitive impairment, or MCI, signals more substantial memory loss and a greater risk for Alzheimer’s disease, for which there is no cure.

The study, led by Dr. J. Carson Smith, assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology, provides new hope for those diagnosed with MCI. It is the first to show that exercise intervention with older adults with mild cognitive impairment (average age 78) improves not only memory recall, but also brain function, as measured by functional neuroimaging (via fMRI). The findings are published in the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

“We found that after 12 weeks of being on a moderate exercise program,” Dr. Smith explains, “study participants improved their neural efficiency – basically they were using fewer neural resources to perform the same memory task. No study has shown that a drug can do what we showed is possible with exercise.”

Nutrition is another proven strategy to prevent neurodegenerative disease. Some foods increase your risk of contracting prion disease. Some foods help prevent brain disease, while others can treat the symptoms. Targeted nutrition is extremely effective, but we also need to know which foods to avoid. 

There are many steps that we can take to help avoid neurodegenerative disease. Many of these choices can help us avoid other major diseases, including heart disease, cancer and diabetes.

Stay tuned as we discuss the causes of brain disease—including ways to prevent it and treat it. We also discuss the factors and foods that increase your risk of contracting brain disease. We also will explain how caregivers can defend themselves from misinformation that puts them at risk.

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Gary Chandler is a prion expert. He is the CEO of Crossbow Communications, author of several books and producer of documentaries about health and environmental issues around the world. Chandler is connecting the dots to the global surge in neurodegenerative disease, including Alzheimer’s disease, Parkinson’s disease, Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, chronic wasting disease and other forms of prion disease. The scientific name for prion disease is transmissible spongiform encephalopathy.