Proof already exists that cognitive problems are caused by restricted blood supply to the brain, and a solution has now been found that could help prevent such problems. Over 16 million people in the US suffer from cognitive issues, and this discovery could change this grim reality.
In particular, exercise can help people suffering from memory loss get better and avoid suffering from further mental deterioration. No wonder why various diet and fitness programs like Nutrisystem (site) and Muscle and Strength (site) emphasize physical exercise. The author of the study was Teresa Liu-Ambrose. It involved 70 adults with an average age of 74 years. The study was published in the American medical journal Nerology.
The group was split into two, with one group treated to an hour of exercise thrice a week. The other group was given information about VCI (Vascular Cognitive Impairment) and a healthy diet without any advice about regular exercise.
Before the study began, the group was assessed for various cognitive attributes, a process that was repeated 6 months later to help identify any differences, if any. And when the results finally came in, the results were quite impressive.
In general, the group that was involved in regular exercise experienced a 1.7 point increase in cognitive abilities in comparison to those who did not engage in any workouts. However, although these results may not appear dramatic, they do show enough potential to be seriously in efforts to help dealing with the millions of cognitive issues experienced by Americans at any one time.
Memory loss usually occurs when the small blood vessels in the brain narrow get blocked. This may occur due to a major stroke or even because of several small strokes. But such problems don’t just happen out of thin air, there is usually an underlying issue such as diabetes and high blood pressure.
And this also means that physical activity will do more than reducing or slowing down memory loss. And that’s what was precisely observed during the study. Test subjects who exercised an improvement in blood pressure levels and overall cardiovascular health.
Furthermore, more research might be necessary to discover how cognitive traits are specifically improved with the increased physical activity levels. Some of the areas worth special attention include language skills, thinking, memory, and problem-solving capabilities.
However, although the study did not prove much, the conclusion was that it could serve as a proof of concept for the possibility that physical exercise can do a lot of good for people facing various kinds of cognitive impairment.