Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Escape Alzheimer’s With the Right Mental Exercise

A new study has said that those who have a good educational background or are involved with mentally demanding occupations can hope to escape Alzheimer’s wrath as such exercises ten to prevent memory loss.The study was conducted on 242 people with Alzheimer's disease, 72 people with mild cognitive impairment, and 144 people with no memory problems.

Mild cognitive impairment is a transition stage when some memory problems are occurring beyond what is normal for a person's age but not the serious problems of Alzheimer's disease.

In the study, participants' memory and cognitive skills were tested and brain scans were used to measure the amount of brain glucose metabolism.

Brain glucose metabolism shows how much the brain has been affected by the plaques and tangles of Alzheimer's disease.

All the subjects were followed for an average of 14 months, during which 21 of the people with mild cognitive impairment developed Alzheimer's disease.

It was discovered that in people with the same level of memory impairment, individuals with more education and more mentally demanding jobs had significantly more changes and damage in their brains from Alzheimer's disease as compared to those with less education and less mentally demanding jobs.

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