Exercise, Alzheimer and more...

“Exercise may stave off Alzheimer’s by regulating iron levels in the brain.”

Lack of physical activity is known to increase a person’s risk of Alzheimer’s disease.
A new study in mice suggests that exercise may protect against Alzheimer’s by improving the regulation of iron metabolism in the brain.
Regular exercise reduces circulating levels of a protein called interleukin-6 that promotes inflammation.
The protein may also change the way in which the brain stores iron.

Regular physical activity has a wide range of health benefits. These include a reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, various mental health conditions, and dementia.

Keeping physically active helps maintain the brain’s flexibility and improve memory. It also minimizes the decline that can occur in nerve cell growth and connectivity as people age.

Previous research in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease showed that exercise might even reverse some of the cognitive impairments that characterize this form of dementia.

The same scientists have now discovered that exercise may delay the progress of Alzheimer’s by changing the way the brain stores iron.

The study, which researchers at the University of Eastern Finland in Kuopio led, appears in the International Journal of Molecular Sciences.

READ more online at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/exercise-may-stave-off-alzheimers-by-regulating-iron-levels-in-the-brain


“Living space and health: How urban design affects our well-being.”

Urban and housing design has intimate connections to health. Poor design choices can worsen health, with underlying issues of inequality a driving factor.

Article 25 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights states: “Everyone has the right to a standard of living adequate for the health and well-being of himself and of his family.”

This includes housing, food, clothing, medical care, social services, and security if events beyond a person’s control affect their livelihood.

Researchers have shown that adequate housing has intimate links to a person’s physical and mental well-being.

According to the Executive Summary of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) Housing and Health GuidelinesTrusted Source, poorly designed housing can increase the risk of trips, falls, injury, isolation, and stress for older people or people with disabilities.

Further, insecure or unaffordable housing can exacerbate stress. Housing that is too hot or cold or exacerbates indoor air pollution can cause respiratory and cardiometabolic issues.

Crowded housing or housing with a poor water supply can increase the spread of infectious diseases.

READ more online at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/living-space-and-health-how-urban-design-affects-our-well-being

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