Alzheimer's Prevention and Treatment: Exercises and Puzzles Don't Prevent Amyloid Buildup

 – June 12, 2015  –– 

Research has shown that physical activities and mind-challenging games stimulate brain activity; a new study shows that these may not be enough to stop the spread of amyloid deposits in the brain. Director of the Center for Cognitive Health at Mount Sinai Hospital, Sam Gandy, MD, says mental function is more crucial than amyloid plaque buildup in the brain. Dr. Gandy argues that mechanisms underlying the mental benefit of physical and mental activity may well have more to do with how the brain copes with disease, and less to do with controlling how many plaques are present.

- Samuel Gandy, MD, Professor, Neurology, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Mount Sinai Center for Cognitive Health

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