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Reducing brain aging may be as simple as light physical activity

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Even healthy brains age and that aging process is associated with a number of issues, including problems with working memory and, in worst case scenarios, the development of dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

A large body of research has looked for ways to reduce brain aging, some involving diets, others focusing on broader lifestyle factors and even medication.

The latest study among this research points toward something simple, free, and readily available: light, consistent exercise.

It’s known that people who exercise on a regular basis are more likely to experience healthy brain aging, but questions have remained over what level of exercise is necessary to get these potential benefits.

Individuals who remain active have lower risk factors associated with dementia and general cognitive decline.

A new analysis that looked at data from the Framingham Heart Study found a link between light intensity physical activity and reduced brain aging.

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