Research out of Edith Cowan University has found that supervised exercise and cognitive training increases grey matter in sections of brains damaged by Huntington’s disease, a degenerative condition affecting motor skills and brain function.
Grey matter is essential for cognitive and physical function, according to ECU School of Medical Sciences Professor Mel Zima, and the new research is a promising development toward reversing Huntington’s destructive effects.
Rehabilitation can be completed in a subject’s own home, making it a simple way for sufferers to regain function.
The study will now include those who carry the Huntington’s gene, but are as yet not displaying symptoms, to see if early intervention can delay the onset of the disease.
[img source] Edith Cowan University L-R Professor Mel Ziman & Tracey Jones at the HBF Stadium Fitness Center.