Mélina Lamarche

By Mélina Lamarche

January 15, 2014

Health

Active Body, Healthy Brain!

Article revised on 30 October 2018

About 500,000 Canadians have Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia and a quarter of them are over the age of 85. Scientists are working hard to find the causes and go a step further by finding solutions to help prevent this disease.

Studies have shown that older people who engage in daily physical activity generally perform better in cognitive tests. Proof that physical activity helps your body… and your mind stay healthy!

Physical activity

  • Boosts blood flow to the smallest blood vessels of the brain.
  • Decreases insulin resistance and facilitates the proper use of insulin by the brain
  • Lowers blood pressure (hypertension is a well-known risk factor for stroke)
  • Helps achieve a healthy weight. Obese people often tend to have other risk factors (hypertension, insulin resistance).

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