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How exercise helps you stay sharp

IANS  |  New York 

Engaging in regular physical activity is good for your too, suggests new research that found a link between a lower fitness level and faster deterioration of vital fibres in the

This deterioration results in cognitive decline, including memory issues characteristic of patients.

The findings provide more evidence that exercise improves health and could be a lifesaving ingredient that prevents

"This research supports the hypothesis that improving people's fitness may improve their brain health and slow down the ageing process," from the in the US.

The study published in the Journal of focused on a type of brain tissue called white matter, which is comprised of millions of bundles of fibres used by neurons to communicate across the brain.

They enrolled more than 80 older patients at high risk to develop who have early signs of memory loss, or (MCI).

The researchers determined that lower fitness levels were associated with weaker white matter, which in turn correlated with lower brain function.

Study participants were then given memory and other cognitive tests to measure brain function, allowing scientists to establish strong correlations between exercise, brain health and cognition.



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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 11:46 IST