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Regular Exercise May Benefit the Brain as Well as the Body
Date:6/8/2011

gical problems," Dr. Benjamin Levine, director of the IEEM and a professor of medicine and cardiology and a distinguished professor in exercise science at UT Southwestern Medical Center, explained in the news release. "They can lose the ability to do simple daily tasks that we take for granted."

The researchers concluded that their study sheds some light on the mysteries of the aging brain, such as how brain blood flow is related to its structure and function.

"It also tells us that long-term aerobic exercise has definitive, measurable impact on brain health," said Levine. "Most importantly, it lets us know that we have tools that can help fight off dementia and some of the other classic signs of aging with a purposeful, consistent exercise regimen."

The findings were scheduled for presentation this week at the annual meeting of the American College of Sports Medicine, held in conjunction with the World Congress on Exercise Is Medicine, in Denver. Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

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-- Mary Elizabeth Dallas

SOURCE: Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital Dallas, news release, June 2, 2011


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