How exercise protects against neurodegenerative diseases

How exercise protects against neurodegenerative diseases

Accumulating evidence finds that exercise can improve brain function and delay or prevent the onset of neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease. While the underlying mechanisms remain unclear, recent research suggests that exercise-induced activation of peripheral systems such as muscle, gut, liver, and adipose tissue may affect neural plasticity.


A special issue of Brain Plasticity presents new research and insights on neural plasticity and the role of peripheral factors in cognitive health.


At least a dozen peripheral factors have been identified that affect neurotrophin levels, adult neurogenesis, inflammation, synaptic plasticity, and memory function.Co-Guest Editor and journal Editor-in-Chief Henriette van Praag, PhD, Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and Brain Institute, Florida Atlantic University. 

CTSB and BDNF are promising therapeutic targets that may delay the onset and progression of cognitive impairments. Future studies are needed t ...


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