According to Dr. William Honer, director of the UBC Institute of Mental Health, an “exercise prescription” could have a regenerative effect on the brains of patients with schizophrenia.
aerobic exercise seems to increase the volume of the hippocampus, improving brain functioning and overall symptoms as a result.
“We did brain scans on people before and after beginning an exercise program, and it actually improved the structure of the hippocampus,” Honer, in a phone interview, says of the 2010 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry. “We found it increased in size. In healthy people who were sedentary, their hippocampus increased and improved too. This is exciting because we often think of schizophrenia deficiencies as losses in brain tissue, but this told us that there’s plasticity there, and it could possibly have a regenerative capacity in response to this intervention.
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