DENVER — Aerobic exercise can reverse the cognitive decline typical of Alzheimer’s disease, at least in the short term, a new meta-analysis suggests.
“It’s not a huge improvement, but to be able to say there is any improvement is a pretty big deal,” said Gregory Panza, a PhD candidate from the University of Connecticut in Hartford.
This meta-analysis is the first to suggest that aerobic activity is more effective in reversing Alzheimer’s disease than resistance training. “What this can do is target the types of intervention that need to be given,” Panza told Medscape Medical News.
Because it has been shown that exercise can improve cognitive abilities in healthy people, many public health organizations, including the World Health Organization, recommend exercise as a therapy for people with Alzheimer’s disease.