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Nobody wants to get Alzheimer’s disease. Most people don’t want to exercise. So it’s those of us who do want to exercise, or at least do exercise who have a better chance of avoiding Alzheimer’s. At least according to a new study published in the J ournal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

There have been many studies that show that regular exercise contributes to brain health. But this new study is different in that it measured both fitness (as measured by VO2 Max, the level of oxygen consumed during exercise) and brain health (as measured by the degree of mild cognitive impairment). The eighty-one subjects took a series of test designed to measure their memory and reasoning ability, as well as had their brains scanned.

Sure enough, those subjects with better fitness tended to have better brain health, as measured by both the tests and the brain scans. There are still lots of unanswered questions, like how much do you need to exercise to make a difference? And is it ever too late to start?

But those of us who are inclined to exercise anyway don’t need any further proof. We are not scientists; we are human beings who will die. Better to exercise, live long, and think well than the alternative.

The study was conducted by the Department of Neurology and Neurotherapeutics at the University of Texas, Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas, TX and published on December 9, 2017.

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