Study Indicates “Use It Or Lose It” Approach May Protect Against Memory Loss
A study at Iowa State University identified a brain protein that is essential for building memories. Lower levels of the protein appeared to predict progression of memory loss and brain atrophy in people who have Alzheimer’s disease. Increased brain activity may help increase this protein, providing protection against memory loss.
In looking for ways to boost levels of the protein (NPTX2) and ward off memory loss, the researchers may have found a common characteristic among study participants with high levels of NPTX2. Study participants with the highest levels of education had higher levels of NPTX2. This higher level of protein may provide them with protective benefits against memory loss. It is possible that people with complex jobs and who pursue learning in venues outside the classroom can experience benefits, as well. According to Auriel Willette, an assistant professor of food science and human nutrition, says people who stay mentally and socially active may see similar benefits, supporting the notion of “use it or lose it.”
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