Fitness News: Studies Show Exercise as Best Preventative Measure for Alzheimer’s Disease
The 2009 World Alzheimer's Report released this week estimates that 35 million people suffer from the disease worldwide and the total may reach 115 million by the year 2050.
According to the Alzheimer's Association someone will develop Alzheimer's disease every 70 seconds.
Many health industry professionals believe that exercise is the number one preventative measure.
"Regular physical exercise is probably the best means we have of preventing Alzheimer's disease today," said the Mayo Clinic's Dr. Ronald Petersen, in a 2008 interview. "Better than medications, better than intellectual activity, better than supplements and diet."
One reason exercise works, studies indicate, is that when the body exerts itself, the brain releases an enzyme that prevents build up of a plaque in the brain thought to lead to Alzheimer's disease.
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