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Impact of physical activity on ageing and disease risk

Exercise program enrolled sedentary seniors and improved their memory in 12 weeks


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Exercise grows new neurons in the hippocampus, and this improves memory.

Physical inactivity contributes to dementia risk as much as genetics.

Study examined the interaction between genetic and physical activity in a group of 1,600 older adults.

Participants memory gains were directly related to their improvements in physical fitness.

Active participants had a significantly lower risk of developing dementia than those who were inactive.

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McMaster University

One of four Canadian universities listed among the Top 100 universities in the world

NeuroFit Lab

NeuroFit Lab is investigating the impact of physical activity on ageing and disease risk

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Exercise, Mental Health