December 02, 2008
Exercise Improves Aging Brain Blood Circulation

If you do not exercise much is there any amount of scientific evidence that will get you off your duff? Maybe not. But if you do exercise regularly here is another reason to feel satisfied with yourself for getting enough exercise.

"Our results show that exercise may reduce age-related changes in brain vasculature and blood flow," said presenter Feraz Rahman, M.S., currently a medical student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. "Other studies have shown that exercise prevents cognitive decline in the elderly. The blood vessel and flow differences may be one reason."

The researchers recruited 12 healthy adults, age 60 to 76. Six of the adults had participated in aerobic exercise for three or more hours per week over the last 10 years, and six exercised less than one hour per week. All of the volunteers underwent MRI to determine cerebral blood flow and MR angiography to depict blood vessels in the brain.

Using a novel method of three-dimensional (3-D) computer reconstruction developed in their lab, the researchers were able to make 3-D models of the blood vessels and examine them for shape and size. They then compared the blood vessel characteristics and how they related to blood flow in both the active and inactive groups.

The results showed that the inactive group exhibited fewer small blood vessels in the brain, along with more unpredictable blood flow through the brain.

I could tell you that eating more fruits and vegetables will slow your brain aging. But you already know that.

Share |      Randall Parker, 2008 December 02 11:34 PM  Brain Aging


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