Almost 50 million people have Alzheimer’s disease worldwide, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). It is mainly characterized by recent memory disturbances, a progressive loss of cognitive abilities and autonomy. If there is no treatment to date, researchers at the University of Otago (New Zealand) have discovered that just six minutes of high-intensity exercise would delay the onset of the disease. Their study was published on January 11, 2023 in The Journal of Physiology.
According to the study’s researchers, a protein called “brain-derived neurotrophic factor” or “BDNF” can stimulate the brain’s ability to make new connections, form and store memories, improve learning and promote overall cognitive performance as well as the survival of neurons. .
Thus, scientists have been trying to find out what would be the best non-drug method to stimulate this very special protein. “BDNF has shown great promise in animal models, but pharmaceutical interventions have so far failed to safely harness the protective power of BDNF in humans,” explained lead author Travis Gibbons. of the investigation in a press release.
As part of their work, the researchers therefore requested the participation of 12 active adults, respectively six men and six women aged (…)
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