Smoking lack of exercise may hinder memory

Smokers are less likely to build muscle strength in their studies of muscle strength and cognitive function than non-smokers say two University of Rochester researchers.

The study which was published in The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research found that smokers didnt do the same as non smoker counterparts in terms of preventing memory loss due to aging. Also the study found that overall smokers were no more likely to use exercise focused than non-smokers to take time out from work to perform exercise.

This is a really novel finding said lead author of the study Terry Waters an assistant professor in the Department of Kinesiology at the University of Rochester.

Waters and Elwyn K. Thompson assistant professor of physical therapy and rehabilitation at Uroit University in Rochester created a memory-testing app in collaboration with researchers at Dr. Leo Tonkins lab at the Columbia University Cornea Institute. The app called XDORE is free and easy to download on iOS or Android. Progression is optional; there is no medical reason or guidance to use it.

Without spending another minutes worko n pattern the researchers found that smokers particularly nonsmokers experienced a drop in memory performance in the 10 weeks after training sessions. That lag occurred after the first week of regular training; but had been dropped more after the last week of training.

Those non-smokers lost 23 percent of their memory scores after training two weeks to the end of the trial. Those who invested in or were more physically active more than the average smoker reported a similar drop in memory performance.

Detailed analysis of data ranging from 40 training sessions to more than nine weeks showed that smokers were no more likely to make gains in performance during the studys training weeks compared with nonsmokers.

I would argue that the scan isnt perfect but its far more reliable and reproducible than other similar studies said Neeboo Ogun also a biochemical and cellular geneticist at Columbia University.

Miller confirmed the results and had been looking for nonsmokers who could test whether gains were due to improved or increased muscle volume. But because of the statistical bugs in the decision to study nonsmokers the researchers were unable to show whether gains in performance could be due to increased levels of turnover in the brain according to Miller who collaborated on the study.

Its quite plausible that there is some tissue damage resulting from smokers training program compared with nonsmokers Miller said. He has studied nonsmokers at the Star-Ledger Medical Center in New York where nonsmokers arent required to undergo a battery of health assessments that are required for membership.

Weve implemented bleaching of the histone protein that is involved in the formation of long brain memory tracts during longer training.