The Liberia Diabetes Center has released a scaring statistics that threatens the country’s population. The center disclosed that three million Liberians are diabetics or pre-diabetics. Liberia has a population of over four million people.
Pre-diabetes is a condition that comes before diabetes. It means your blood glucose levels are higher than normal but not high enough to be call diabetes. Diabetes can lead to other serious health problems like heart disease and stroke, kidney problems, nerve damage and blindness. Frequent urination, being very thirsty, Tingling, pain, or numbness in the hands or blurry vision is symptoms of diabetes. Liberia Diabetes Center Chief Executive Officers (CEO) James Momoh, said the numbers are staggering and called on Liberians to visit the center, situated on Front Street for free testing.
Exercise may increase brain function and boost memory in elderly
Maintaining high levels of fitness through physical activity such as walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing may increase brain function and boost memory — the hallmark impairments in Alzheimer’s disease – in older adults, researchers say. The finding showed that the age-related changes in memory performance and brain activity largely depend on an individual’s fitness level. Older adults who exercised showed good cardiac fitness levels which improved their memory performance and increased brain activity patterns compared to their low fit peers. “Therefore, starting an exercise programme, regardless of one’s age, can not only contribute to the more obvious physical health factors, but may also contribute to memory performance and brain function,” said Scott Hayes, Assistant Professor at Boston University in the US. For the study, the team included healthy young (18-31 years) and older adults (55-74 years) who walked and jogged on a treadmill while researchers assessed their cardiorespiratory fitness. Older adults who scored high on cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) tests performed better on memory tasks than those who had low CRF. CRF — a modifiable health factor that can be improved through regular engagement in moderate to vigorous sustained physical activities such as walking, jogging, swimming, or dancing — is not only important for physical health, but is also associated with brain function and memory performance, the researchers said. Further, the researchers found that older adults, had more difficulty in learning and remembering names that were associated with pictures of unfamiliar faces. These older adults showed decreased brain activation in some regions and increased brain activation in others.