Wednesday May 22, 2019

Researchers say, Regular Aerobic Exercise may Ward off Memory Decline in Elderly

In vascular cognitive impairment, problems with memory and thinking skills result from damage to large and small blood vessels in the brain

0
//
Representational image. Flickr

Toronto, October 25, 2016: Regular aerobic exercise may be beneficial for older adults who already have memory and thinking problems, says new research.

Aerobic exercise (also known as cardio) is physical exercise of low to high intensity that depends primarily on the aerobic energy-generating process.

NewsGram brings to you current foreign news from all over the world.

The study by researchers at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada, showed that those who exercised had a small improvement on the test of overall thinking skills compared to those who did not exercise.

In addition, those who exercised also showed improvement in their blood pressure levels. High levels of hypertension may increase the risk of developing vascular cognitive impairment — the second most common cause of dementia after Alzheimer’s disease, the researchers said.

NewsGram brings to you top news around the world today.

In vascular cognitive impairment, problems with memory and thinking skills result from damage to large and small blood vessels in the brain.

“Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the risk of developing memory problems, but few studies have looked at whether it can help people who already have these problems get better or keep from getting worse,” said Teresa Liu-Ambrose from the University of British Columbia.

Check out NewsGram for latest international news updates.

For the study, the team involved 70 persons with an average age of about 74 who had mild vascular cognitive impairment.

The scores of those who exercised improved by 1.7 points compared to those who did not exercise.

The results appear online in the journal Neurology. (IANS)

Next Story

Poor Aerobic Fitness Increases Risk of Diabetes in Kids

Their aerobic fitness was determined by measuring peak oxygen uptake during a maximal exercise test

0
Diabetes
Representational image. Pixabay

Lack of exercise, particularly poor aerobic fitness, in children increases their risk for developing Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, says a new study.

Children with poor aerobic fitness in proportion to their total body mass were found to have a significantly higher risk of Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease than their peers having better aerobic fitness.

“Measures of aerobic fitness that are based on total body mass are better at predicting the risk of Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease than measures that are based on skeletal muscle mass,” said Andrew Agbaje, lead researcher from the University of Eastern Finland.

“However, they exaggerate the role of aerobic fitness in children’s health,” he added.

For the study, researchers determined threshold values of aerobic fitness for 352 children, aged between 9 and 11 who are at an increased risk of Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease.

Diabetes
Representational image. Pixabay

Their aerobic fitness was determined by measuring peak oxygen uptake during a maximal exercise test.

The team also calculated variables indicative of the risk of Type-2 diabetes and cardiovascular disease, such as waist circumference, blood levels of insulin, glucose, HDL cholesterol, and triglycerides as well as blood pressure.

Also Read- Your Genes May Not Help You Live Long

The study, published in the journal Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports, found that the traditional way of expressing aerobic fitness in proportion to total body mass overestimates the role of aerobic fitness in identifying children at an increased risk of these diseases.

“We should be cautious when interpreting aerobic fitness measures that are proportioned to total body mass in order to correctly identify children who truly need health and lifestyle intervention,” Agbaje noted. (IANS)