Aerobic exercise may prevent the loss of small blood vessels in the brain, preventing cognitive decline in the elderly according to a study conducted by Feraz Rahman, M.S. a student at Jefferson Medical College in Philadelphia. Rahman made his findings known at a meeting of the Radiological Society of North America. Previous studies found that exercise reverses small vessel disease elsewhere in the body and increases brain volume and cognitive function in the elderly. While the study needs to be expanded into a longitudinal study, it offers important thinking towards the health benefits of aerobic exercise throughout one's life.
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