By Eve Whittenburg, Writer/Editor, SkinnyMs.
Researchers are making enormous strides with Alzheimer’s research. Their studies allow doctors to diagnose the disease more quickly and warn us of the early signs of Alzheimer’s. New research has proven the resilience of the human brain, though scientists are unsure of what to make of the discovery.
A study from the University of California demonstrated the adaptability of the brain of those showing the conditions for Alzheimer’s. Scientists tested a group of 71 adults, 16 of whom showed amyloid deposits, or protein tangles, within the brain. These deposits are considered an indication of Alzheimer’s disease.
Each participant memorized pictures in detail while scanners tracked their brain activity. The participants were then asked to recall those pictures with as much detail as they could. Those with the amyloid deposits performed just as well as those without, but the scanners showed more brain activity when those 16 recalled the pictures.
These results suggest that brains with these deposits are able to “adapt and compensate for any early damage caused by the protein.” While the researchers are unsure of how to interpret these results, one of them remarked that cognitively stimulating activity may allow the human brain to better adapt to potential damage caused by degenerative diseases.
This study proves how important our hobbies are. As we get older it is important to exercise our brains as well as our bodies. Whether it is working the daily crossword, scrap-booking your last vacation, or pulling out the scrabble board, it is vital that we keep our brains alert and up to speed.