Physical Fitness Linked to Slower Brain Aging

By Sylvia Booth Hubbard – Re-Blogged From Newsmax Health

Keeping physically fit and having more flexible arteries may be keys to slower brain aging, says a study from Australia’s Swinburne’s Center for Human Psychopharmacology.

“Exactly why this occurs is unclear, but research indicates that exercise and physical fitness are protective,” said lead author Greg Kennedy. “A healthier, more elastic aorta is also theorized to protect cognitive function, by reducing the negative effects of excessive blood pressure on the brain.”

Kennedy says that from early adulthood, memory and other features of cognition slowly decline, and the risk of dementia rises with age.

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