SOURCE: Vascular Health Sciences
New research links benefits of brisk walking to blood flow to brain leading to several long-lasting benefits.
Edison, New Jersey (PRWEB) January 24, 2013
A new study conducted by Dr. Rong Zhang and his team at the Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital’s Institute for Exercise and Environmental Medicine in Dallas confirms that moderate exercise improves blood flow to the brain by as much as 15 percent.
Vascular Health Sciences Medical Advisor Dr. Derrick DeSilva, M.D. weighed in on the findings today.
“This kind of increased blood flow offers women a variety of health benefits just by doing this simple task for a half hour, three times each week,” said Dr. DeSilva. “This kind of exercise can reduce cardiovascular risk, and some evidence even suggests that increased blood flow to the brain can reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease.”
Dr. DeSilva is a practicing Internist and Senior Attending Staff at Raritan Bay Medical Center and is on the teaching faculty at JFK Medical Center in New Jersey.
Dr. Zhang, the lead researcher of the study, noted that his team started to see a decline in brain perfusion and cognitive function in the 60s and 70s. “That's when the downward trajectory starts,” said Zhang. “We want to see how much we can do to reverse or delay that process.”
During the three-month study, 16 women aged 60 and older were monitored while exercising in the form of brisk walking for 30-50 minutes three to four times per week. At the end of the study, the team found that the women had a 15 percent increase in cerebral blood flow, as well as a four percent decrease in blood pressure and a five percent decrease in heart rate.
Dr, DeSilva is pleased by the findings of the study. “Doctors everywhere are seeing an increase in patients with poor heart and vascular health, said Dr. DeSilva. “So finding an easy solution that can help decrease these health problems is always welcome.”
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