Irisin, a hormone secreted by muscles during exercise, improved cognitive function and lowered levels of inflammation in mouse models. The findings have implications for the development of treatments for Alzheimer's and other neurodegenerative diseases.
Researchers report irisin, a hormone released during physical exercise, may promote neurogenesis in the hippocampus. The study sheds new light on why exercise helps improve memory and could help to protect the brain against Alzheimer's disease.
Researchers report the brains of people with Alzheimer's disease contain less of the exercise related hormone called irisin. Boosting levels of irisin in the brain could slow the progression of the neurodegenerative disease.