Longevity Hormone May Boost Your Brain
the MPR take:
A gene variant has been previously associated with longevity, but now it may also be linked to improved cognition. A new study in the journal Cell Reports examined over 700 individuals ages 52–85, with approximately 1 in 5 carrying a variation of the Klotho gene that increases the levels of the Klotho hormone in the body. While those with the Klotho gene variant experienced the same rate of cognitive decline as those without the variant, they had better cognitive performance across the lifespan. Future treatment for brain diseases like Alzheimer's could include medications to boost the production of Klotho in the body, the authors note.
A hormone associated with longevity also appears to make people's brains work better. "We've discovered a way to potentially boost cognition," says Dena Dubal, one of the study's authors who does research on aging and the brain at the University of California, San Francisco. The hormone is named ...
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