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New Study Shows Brain Size Tied to Genes, TrekDesk Offers Solution

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Summary:  A new study of the brain has found that brain size and intelligence are tied to specific genetic traits. TrekDesk Treadmill Desks asks if the traits can be influence by exercise.

In perhaps the largest brain study to date 200 worldwide researchers from more than 100 institutions found that brain size and memory centers were larger in individuals with specific genetic markers. While the study did not refer to the impact of exercise on the brain, TrekDesk Treadmill Desks offers a reminder that walking 10,000 steps a day has been proven to increases brain size, mental capabilities and decrease the odds of mental degradation from disease.

Neurologists worldwide were intrigued by the study published in the journal, Nature Genetics, which matched and measured genetic similarities among 21,151 healthy subjects. The study uncovered individuals with a “C” rather than a “T” at specific genetic locations in their HMGA2 gene possessed larger brains and actually scored higher on standardized IQ tests. Commenting on the findings, lead researcher Paul Thompson, of the University of California stated, "This is a really exciting discovery, that a single letter change leads to a bigger brain. For the first time, we have watertight evidence of how these genes affect the brain.

The study also reported a consistent relationship between minor changes in the genetic code and diminished memory centers found in subjects with smaller brain sizes. Smaller brain size has been shown to be a biological marker for brain disorders such as depression, bipolar disorder, Alzheimer’s, dementia and schizophrenia. The researchers commented that drugs could be developed to target those gene variants and perhaps reduce the risk of those diseases.

TrekDesk Treadmill Desks CEO, Steve Bordley, believes an important part of the discussion is missing from this milestone research. “We already know that consistent daily exercise increases brain size and reduces the risks of many debilitating mental diseases, aren’t we sending the wrong message that genetics predetermine our mental and physical potential? Studies have already shown that is not the case.”

Are you doomed or blessed with the brain you’re born with? Not so fast points out previous studies by Dr. Art Kramer of the University of Illinois. Dr. Kramer’s work has shown that obesity and sedentary lifestyles can decrease the size and capabilities of the brain and increase the odds of dementia, and Alzheimer’s. His work further uncovered that walking regimens of 10,000 steps a day actually increased memory and cognition as much as 15% and production of small blood vessels in the brain by as much as 43% in a six month period, even among subjects older than 65 years of age.

 
About TrekDesk Treadmill Desks: Designed to fit any existing treadmill, TrekDesk treadmill desk is an affordable, full sized, height adjustable workstation that allows individuals the opportunity to gain the necessary amount of exercise daily to maintain health, prevent disease, strengthen muscles, boost mood and productivity, without requiring additional time during the day or extra motivation. Let TrekDesk show you how to workout at work.