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Effects of a Lifestyle Intervention on Brain-derived Neurotrophic Factor (Bdnf) in Obese Latino Youth with Pre-Diabetes

Abstract Latino youth have substantially higher rates of obesity and T2D than their white peers. The higher prevalence of obesity and T2D among Latino youth places them at greater risk for cognitive dysfunction, an urgent and serious health threat to the United States. Exercise has been the cornerstone to combat the negative effects of obesity, diabetes and recent research also supports this effects for preventing cognitive dysfunction. A wealth of evidence suggests that a mediating mechanism linking exercise with brain health is BDNF, a cognitive biomarker that increases in the brain with exercise. BDNF is the most abundant neurotrophic factor that supports growth, survival and synaptic plasticity of neurons, all vital for cognitive function and br... (more)
Created Date 2016
Contributor Barraza, Estela (Author) / Shaibi, Gabriel Q. (Advisor) / Swan, Pamela (Committee member) / Nañez, Jose E (Committee member) / Arizona State University (Publisher)
Subject Health sciences / Neurosciences / Psychology / BDNF / Cognitive Function / Exercise / Latino youth / Lifestyle Intervention / Prediabetic
Type Masters Thesis
Extent 53 pages
Language English
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Note Masters Thesis Exercise and Wellness 2016
Collaborating Institutions Graduate College / ASU Library
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