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Exercise may helps treat addiction: Study

Press Trust of India  |  Washington 

can help treat drug or by altering the brain's reward system, a study has found.

Also known as "cardio," is brisk exercise that increases heart rate, breathing and circulation of oxygen through the blood, and is associated with decreasing many negative health issues, including diabetes, and

It also is linked to numerous mental health benefits, such as reducing stress, anxiety and

Scientists at the University at in the US identified a key mechanism in how can help impact the brain in ways that may support treatment and prevention strategies for

"Several studies have shown that, in addition to these benefits, aerobic exercise has been effective in preventing the start, increase and relapse of substance use in a number of categories, including alcohol, nicotine, stimulants and opioids," said Panayotis Thanos, at University at

"Our work seeks to help identify the underlying neurobiological mechanisms driving these changes," Thanos said.

Using animal models, researchers found that daily aerobic exercise altered the mesolimbic dopamine pathway in the brain.

Dopamine is a key neurotransmitter associated with substance use disorders, playing an important role in reward, motivation and learning.

"Current work is looking at whether exercise can normalise dopamine signalling that has been changed by chronic drug use, as this may provide key support of how exercise could serve as a treatment strategy for substance abuse," he said.

"Further studies that focus on people with should help researchers develop new methods to integrate exercise into treatment regimens that may help prevent relapses," Thanos said.

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First Published: Tue, May 29 2018. 11:05 IST