How Old Is Your Brain?

Researchers at Karolinska Institutet have found a way to measure the aging process in the brain.

By using an MRI technique designed to measure lactic acid levels in the brain, the researchers can now quantify any metabolic damage caused to the mitochondria in your brain as it slowly increases with age and eventually leads to age-related neurodegenerative disorders, such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s disease.

Their findings suggest that lactate levels in your brain increase in advance of other aging symptoms, and therefore could be used as an indicator of aging and age-related diseases of the central nervous system.

And while this study was conducted on mice, the researchers claim that the same technique can be used on humans.

“So there is hope that one day physicians might be able to give your brain a check-up and help determine its age by using MRI.”

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