Yoga, Meditation May Reduce Alzheimer’s Risk: Study

By: PTI | Los Angeles |

Published: May 11, 2016 2:37:37 pm

Yoga and meditation enhance not solely reminiscence, but additionally assist with temper, nervousness and coping abilities amongst these liable to growing Alzheimer’s illness and dementia. (Source: Thinkstock Images)
Yoga and meditation follow could assist minimise the cognitive and emotional issues that usually precede Alzheimer’s illness, in line with a brand new examine.
Researchers discovered that yoga and meditation are much more efficient than reminiscence enhancement workouts like crosswords.
 
They discovered {that a} three-month course of yoga and meditation follow helped minimise the cognitive and emotional issues that usually precede Alzheimer’s and different types of dementia — and that it was much more efficient than the reminiscence enhancement workouts which have been thought of the gold commonplace for managing gentle cognitive impairment.
“Memory training was comparable to yoga with meditation in terms of improving memory, but yoga provided a broader benefit than memory training because it also helped with mood, anxiety and coping skills,” mentioned Helen Lavretsky from University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) within the US.
People with gentle cognitive impairment are two-and-a-half occasions extra more likely to develop Alzheimer’s illness and different types of dementia, researchers mentioned.
The examine is the primary to match outcomes from yoga and meditation with these from reminiscence coaching — which contains actions starting from crossword puzzles to commercially obtainable pc programmes.
The analysis of 25 individuals — everywhere in the age of 55 — measured adjustments not simply in behaviour, but additionally in mind exercise. Researchers studied individuals who had reported points with their reminiscence — equivalent to tendencies to neglect names, faces or appointments or to misplace issues. Subjects underwent reminiscence exams and mind scans initially and finish of the examine.
Out of the individuals, 11 acquired one hour per week of reminiscence enhancement coaching and spent 20 minutes a day performing reminiscence workouts — verbal and visible affiliation and different sensible methods for bettering reminiscence, based mostly on research-backed methods. The different 14 individuals took a one-hour class as soon as per week in yoga and practiced meditation at house for 20 minutes every day.
After 12 weeks, there have been related enhancements amongst individuals in each teams in verbal reminiscence abilities — which come into play for remembering names and lists of phrases. But those that had practiced yoga and meditation had higher enhancements than the opposite topics in visual-spatial reminiscence abilities — which come into play for recalling places and navigating whereas strolling or driving.
The yoga-meditation group additionally had higher outcomes when it comes to lowering despair and nervousness and bettering coping abilities and resilience to emphasize — which is vital as a result of coming to phrases with cognitive impairment could be emotionally troublesome — researchers mentioned.
The findings had been printed within the Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease.

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