There is still no cure for dementia, but a recent study has found that brain training has a positive impact on cognitive functions.
We have talked about the importance of brain health when it comes to mitigating memory loss, but it can be difficult to convince people. It can take a long time to get medical doctors on board to change up their practice routines, like what they recommend to patients.
The National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine just released a report that for the first time ever, stated that there is strong evidence that brain training has an effect on cognitive functions and dementia.
The report titled, “Preventing Cognitive Decline and Dementia: A Way Forward”, used results that came from a scientific review by Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality. AHRQ is a federal agency that focuses on producing evidence to improve healthcare in a number of ways including making it safer, affordable and more accessible.
Thirteen different types of interventions were evaluated on how they effected cognitive functions. They included, brain training, diet, physical exercise and anti-dementia drugs, just to name a few.
All, but one had insufficient or low impact on cognitive functions and dementia. Brain training was the ONE area that had moderate effects on cognitive aging and dementia. This just provides more evidence that backs our research that brain training is a step in the right direction to mitigate memory loss and dementia.
Dr. John DenBoer and his team has found that new and novel learning is the most effective brain training due to the release of glutamate. Check out our previous blog for more information on how glutamate effects brain aging.
Due to this new evidence, hopefully this will help expand the research needed to help find a cure for dementia. If anything, it is getting people talking and being proactive when it comes to their brain health.
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