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Exercise hormone can delay Alzheimer's: Study

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Physical exercise can help counter the loss of memory caused by as well as delay the onset of the most common type of dementia, according to a study.

Researchers at the of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), established a link between levels of irisin, a hormone produced by the body during exercise, and the development of the progressive disease, reported.

The tests, carried out on rats with Alzheimer's, showed low levels of irisin in the brains of sufferers, and a reversal in when irisin levels were boosted through physical exercise.

The study showed that "the levels of this hormone are in fact decreased in the brains of patients with Alzheimer's", said Sergio Ferreira, at the

In addition, the team showed that by boosting the levels of the hormone, "memory improves".

By showing that "irisin is an of the beneficial effects of exercise," the findings indicate the hormone can be "a novel agent capable of opposing synapse failure and memory impairment", said the study published in the journal Nature

The research also reinforces the importance of physical activity in preventing and brain diseases, including Alzheimer's, the report said.

is a that erodes memory, eventually impairing language, reasoning and other mental functions.



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First Published: Tue, January 08 2019. 12:54 IST