Qualify For Physical Activity And Alzheimer's Disease Study

10:49 AM, Dec 1, 2012   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Researchers at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) are recruiting for a study to learn how physical activity might benefit people who are at genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Dr. Jennifer Etnier says the number of people with AD is on the rise and there is no cure. She says by 2030, the global prevalence of AD is predicted to reach 65.7 million.

You might not know but delaying the onset of AD by six months can reduce the prevalence of AD by 100,000 persons after 10 years.

Dr. Etnier says a number of studies have shown that exercise improves a person's ability to perform on thinking tasks. But researchers don't know if the amount of benefit from exercise differs for people who have a genetic risk for AD.

That's why they are continuing a study designed to help them understand if a person's genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease impacts the cognitive benefits of exercise.

UNC-G is recruiting volunteers to participate in an eight-month physical activity program being held at UNCG.

Dr. Etnier says everyone who participates in the study is expected to improve their cognitive performance. She says researchers want to learn is if the amount of cognitive benefit depends on the person's genetic risk for Alzheimer's disease (AD).

Log on to www.paadstudy.org for more information.

You can watch Dr. Jennifer Etnier's interview with WFMY News 2's Faith Abubey.

Dr. Jennifer Etnier

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