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Socialization in adulthood helps to avoid neurodegeneration
- August 7, 2019
- Posted by: Wiley M. Wagner
- Category: Science
Neurodegeneration is a truly dangerous condition in which a person runs the risk of facing irreversible factors in the functioning of the brain and psyche – and therefore the search for the best way to cure or avoid this is one of the highest priorities in modern medicine. And today, a new study of specialists in neurophysiology from University College London has demonstrated that active socialization and communication in adulthood can somewhat reduce the risk of developing conditions such as Alzheimer's or Parkinson's, and in some situations we are talking about noticeable progress.
The fact is that British researchers previously actively studied the relationship between neurodegeneration and factors such as lifestyle, mobility and diet, without losing sight of the factor of socialization. Some time ago, they completed one of their longest studies on finding the best methods to avoid the development of neurodegeneration, which included more than 10 thousand participants aged 30 to 80 years, which lasted from 1983 to 2013 – and the results of the study have already been published in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine.
Experts have shown that active social life and communication can, on average, reduce the risk of developing neurodegenerative conditions by 12%, and the older the person, the higher the likelihood. Comparing different results, scientists came to the conclusion that active social life up to 60 years can significantly reduce this risk, since the communication mechanism itself involves many complex neural functions and to some extent affects the regulation of neurotransmitters and other brain substances that in turn have an effect on this.
So far, experts are not ready to publish the final stage of the study, since they are completing the latest reports and checks, however, it becomes obvious that active socialization in adulthood and old age can in fact be an excellent prevention of the development of a different spectrum of neurodegenerative diseases – and also to some extent reduce the risk of others diseases due to stress.