Diet and exercise can save the brain from aging, say neurologists

Topics: Psychology, Research

If an elderly person regularly trains in a moderate mode, then they can significantly improve thinking skills in the presence of cognitive impairment. According to "Rossiyskaya Gazeta", after six months of the experiment, the participants' indicators of mental skills improved in terms of age at 9 years.

According to the staff of Duke University, 160 people took part in the study (average age is 65). At the beginning of the experiment, volunteers had problems with concentration, decision making, or memory, but dementia was not diagnosed. Plus, it is known that before the experiment, the volunteers led a sedentary lifestyle.

Scientists evaluated the effects of exercise (three times a week for 45 minutes) and diets for DASH hypertensives (fruits, vegetables, cereals, legumes, lean meat, reduced sugar and salt intake). Volunteers were divided into four groups. In the first, there were people who were regularly involved in walking, running, or on a stationary bike. The second group was on a diet, the third - and trained, and followed the regime, and the fourth was the control.

The most pronounced positive effect was observed in the third group. Next was the first group. But the diet itself did not particularly affect the human brain. In general, training did not affect the memory in any way, but it improved the executive functions of the brain, the ability of a person to regulate his own behavior, concentrate on something, achieve goals