Increasing muscle strength can improve brain function

Increased muscle strength leads to improved brain function in adults with Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI), new results from a study led by the University of Sydney has revealed.

With 135 million people forecast to suffer from dementia in 2050, the study’s findings—published in the Journal of American Geriatrics today—have implications for the type and intensity of exercise that is recommended for our growing ageing population.

Mild Cognitive Impairment defines people who have noticeably reduced cognitive abilities such as reduced memory but are still able to live independently, and is a precursor to Alzheimer’s disease.

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