Physical activity and beta-amyloid pathology in Alzheimer's disease: A sound mind in a sound body

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Khadije Ebrahimi
Alireza Majdi
Behrouz Baghaiee
Seyed Hojjat Hosseini
Saeed Sadigh-Eteghad


Alzheimer's disease (AD) is the most common type of dementia worldwide. Since curative treatment has not been established for AD yet and due to heavy financial and psychological costs of patients' care, special attention has been paid to preventive interventions such as physical activity. Evidence shows that physical activity has protective effects on cognitive function and memory in AD patients. Several pathologic factors are involved in AD-associated cognitive impairment some of which are preventable by physical activity. Also, various experimental and clinical studies are in progress to prove exercise role in the beta-amyloid (Aβ) pathology as a most prevailing hypothesis explaining AD pathogenesis. This study aims to review the role of physical activity in Aβ-related pathophysiology in AD.

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Ebrahimi, K., Majdi, A., Baghaiee, B., Hosseini, S. H., & Sadigh-Eteghad, S. (2017). Physical activity and beta-amyloid pathology in Alzheimer’s disease: A sound mind in a sound body. EXCLI Journal, 16, 959-972.
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