journal of the American Academy of Neurology.
The findings of the study suggest that
adding regular exercise to a person's lifestyle may be extremely beneficial in
terms of the slowing decline of brain
function and improving cognition
"The results are
encouraging in that in just six months, by adding regular exercise to their
lives, people who have cognitive impairments without dementia may improve their
ability to plan and complete certain cognitive tasks,"
study author James A. Blumenthal, PhD, of Duke University Medical Center in
Limitations of Study
- Size of study
fairly small to conclusively state that combination of exercise and DASH
diet offers greater benefit than exercise alone
- Further larger
studies with longer periods of patient monitoring are necessary to see if
the improvements in brain function continue and whether the benefits are
greater with multiple approaches such as diet and exercise
In conclusion, the study underscores the
benefit of exercise in improving brain function in addition to the numerous
other benefits such as significant improvement in physical, emotional health
and well being.
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