Moderate exercise may stave off Alzheimer’s

Earlier this week I told you about protecting your brain with fatty acids. But I would be remiss if I didn’t mention a new study that gives a nod to another proven way to promote brain health: exercise.

In fact, this new research shows exercise can even help people at high risk of Alzheimer’s stave off the disease.

The researchers looked at 93 people enrolled in the Wisconsin Registry for Alzheimer’s Prevention. All of the participants were in later middle-age. All were at high risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. However, none of them were yet showing any impairment.

After studying how much each participant was exercising, and at what intensity, the researchers found that those who spent at least 68 minutes a day being physically active were setting themselves up for better brain health.

How? By improving the glucose metabolism in key parts of their brains. And we know that people with Alzheimer’s disease have problems with glucose metabolism. So keeping it running smoothly is key to preventing Alzheimer’s.

Here’s the catch though: Light exercise won’t cut it. It needs to be moderate-intensity. Meaning a breezy stroll in the park won’t do. Pick up the pace and get your heart pumping if you want to protect your brain.