Researchers have recently discovered that memory can be improved through physical activity, especially among breast cancer survivors.
This disease has taken its toll on many women throughout the United States. Besides the fierce fight with cancer, chemotherapy is a challenging treatment for everyone because it attacks cancer cells but it also weakens the body of the patient.
Based on the statistics, chemotherapy has a few side-effects including memory issues, known as ‘chemo brain.’
According to Siobhan Phillips, lead author and assistant professor of preventive medicine at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, vigorous to moderate physical activity has many benefits including lower levels of stress, which is the leading cause of memory loss.
Phillips stressed that women who are usually recovering from breast cancer experience low self-confidence, fatigue, and they are frightened. All these symptoms trigger a high amount of stress that severely impacts the brain leading to memory issues.
In other words, emotions and memory are closely related. That is why breast cancer survivors who are emotionally tapped out, fatigued, stressed, and frightened suffer lots of stress which causes memory loss and increases the risk of developing other health conditions.
Philips and his team conducted a study in which they analyzed 1,800 breast cancer survivors, out of which 362 had to wear ‘accelerometers,’ which are tracking devices to monitor their movement.
During the experiment, these women were trained under vigorous to moderate physical exercises. This way, researchers were able to monitor the effects of this training on the participants’ health status.
Based on the data gathered at the end of the study, scientists came to the conclusion that physical activity improves memory. In addition to this, these women were less stressed. They also confessed that they felt much better and more self-confident.
In other studies, experts have discovered that a healthy lifestyle consisting of physical exercises and an excellent diet improves the life quality of everyone. Keeping your brain active with work and study decreases the risk of developing dementia later in life.
People who exercise usually have a better memory in time. Scientists discovered that during physical activities, our muscles release a protein which goes directly into the memory part of the brain, improving our mental capacity.
The key to living healthy is to take care of your diet and to make sure that your brain stays healthy by avoiding too much stress. People who are couch potatoes are more likely to develop many health conditions not just related to memory but also to obesity, cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and cancer.
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