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Does Exercise Change Your Brain?

Exercise Affects Brain Health

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  • Brain scans of a world-record holding athlete, who started exercise in her late 70s and continued into her 90s, reveals clues about the effects of late-life exercise
  • The white matter of her brain, which connects neurons and transmits messages in the brain, had fewer abnormalities than that of her less-active peers
  • Her brain’s memory center, or hippocampus, was also larger and she outperformed typical adults aged 90 to 95 years on tests of speed and memory

By Dr. Mercola

Olga Kotelko held more than 30 track-and-field world records in her age category, which is particularly noteworthy because she began athletic training at the age of 77 and continued into her 90s.


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