Just 6 Minutes Of High-Intensity Exercise Could Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease

TIANJIN, CHINA - MAY 2: (CHINA OUT) Overweight patients take part in a physical exercise lesson at the Aimin Acupuncture Weight Loss Hospital on May 2, 2005 in Tianjin, China. The hospital specialises in weight loss by means of acupuncture, traditional Chinese medicine, regular exercise and a strictly controlled diet. More than 20 percent of Chinese adults are overweight, according to the International Obesity Task Force. (Photo by China Photos/Getty Images)

At a glance

  •  Just six minutes of strenuous exercise each day could stave off Alzheimer’s, according to new research.
  • Researchers in New Zealand say short bursts of activity that work up a big sweat boost a protein essential for brain formation, learning, and memory. The substance also appears to reduce the risk of other age-related neurological diseases such as Parkinson’s.

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