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Build your muscle, save your brain!

May 20, 2010

 It’s amazing news!

A study reported in the November issue of the Archives of Neurology shows that stronger muscles are associated with a lower risk of mild cognitive impairment.

And that could mean you’re less likely to develop Alzheimer’s Disease (AD).

Just another HUGE reason why you need to do some strength training as you age!

I love this news!

My father suffered from AD. So it hits home.

And every time I forget the reason I’ve entered a room (“Now why am I here?”), or every time I forget that I’ve already seen a certain movie (“Mom, we saw that movie together a month ago!”), I worry about my own fate.

The researchers looked at more than 900 adults living in retirement communities near Chicago. During the mean follow-up period of 3.6 years, 138 of the seniors developed AD.  

After adjusting for age, sex and education status, the researchers determined that the seniors’ muscle strength at the beginning of the study was associated with roughly a 43% decreased risk for AD.

43%! I’ll take it!

Like I always say, “I’ll be in the gym when I’m 90!”

Flickr photo, Jess Graves/DecorDiva

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