Brain Derived Neurotrophic Factor
Want to keep your brain sharp? It’s not all about learning a language or doing Sudoku. A study in Scientific Reports questioned the bidirectional relationship between physical activity and cognitive functioning. Yes, they are intertwined, but how? Does the level of exercise matter? Researchers looked at approximately 350,000 people via health databases and genetic data, along with physical activity measures and cognitive scores.
The study offered “support for a unidirectional relation whereby higher levels of moderate and vigorous physical activity lead to improved cognitive functioning. These results underline the essential role of moderate and vigorous physical activity in maintaining or improving general cognitive functioning. Therefore, health policies and interventions that promote moderate and vigorous physical activity are relevant to improve cognitive functioning or to delay its decline.”
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