Those who follow a healthy exercise regime could be unwittingly protecting themselves against the development of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study.
Dr Ayae Kinoshita from Kyoto University Graduate School of Medicine compared the effects of diet control, voluntary exercise and diet control plus exercise on the development of Alzheimer's in a mouse model.
It was found that exercise possessed more benefits for lowering beta-amyloid formation in the brain and restoring memory loss than diet control.
What's more, the combination of diet control and exercise yielded no significantly different results from simply exercise alone.
The findings highlight the potential for exercise to break down beta-amyloid, which is one of the main hallmarks of Alzheimer's disease.
"Based on the results in this research, exercise should be given priority to prevent Alzheimer's disease," Mr Kinoshita stated.
The study adds to the growing body of evidence that exercise is instrumental in the prevention of dementia at any age.
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