A new study published in the American Journal of Neuroradiology suggests that active living seniors who exercise are likely to experience a variety of benefits, and that their brains may look more like the brains of younger adults.
Researchers from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine followed seven men and seven women between the ages of 60 and 80 who were divided into two groups: those who exercised 180 minutes per week over the course of 10 years, and those who exercised less than 90 minutes per week.
The experts found that the blood vessels in the brains of seniors who exercised were less twisted and narrowed than those in the brains of the more sedentary adults.
It is expected that this pilot study will lay the groundwork for researchers to delve more deeply into the effect that physical activity has on brain health.
Though there is still much to be learned about all of the benefits of regular exercise, the National Institute of Health reports that regular exercise can prevent or delay the onset of diabetes and heart health problems.