Strength Training Helps Protect the Brain From Degeneration – Newsmax

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New evidence shows that brawn can be good for your brain. Experts say that only six months of strength training, such as lifting weights or using resistance bands, helps protect areas of the brain most susceptible to Alzheimer's disease for up to a year.

Researchers at the University of Sydney in Australia conducted a clinical trial with older people who were at risk for developing Alzheimer's disease due to mild cognitive impairment.

The study participants were allocated to do computer training, strength training, or combined computer and strength training for six months, according to a University of Sydney news release.

The study found that strength training led to overall benefits in cognitive performance and reduced the deterioration of the hippocampus part of the brain, which is associated with learning and memory. The participants did various forms of strength training such as lifting weights or using gym equipment for only 90 minutes, two to three times weekly, to achieve the benefits.

"Our research shows that strength training can protect the hippocampal subregions from degeneration or shrinkage for up to 12 months after the training stopped," said Dr. Kathryn Broadhouse who led the study. Experts say that strength or resistance training should become an integral part of dementia-reducing risk strategies.

Noted expert Dr. Gary Small, author of "2 Weeks to a Younger Brain" and the Mind-Body Health Report, tells Newsmax that according to researchers at the University of California at San Francisco, up to half the Alzheimer's cases are potentially attributable to "modifiable risk factors."

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