Navigation Links
Staying Active May Help Prevent Dementia
Date:7/14/2014

MONDAY, July 14, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Being physically active in middle age appears to help reduce your risk for Alzheimer's disease and other types of dementia, suggest the findings from two new studies.

"In our studies, we found that physical exercise at various levels, especially in midlife, is beneficial for cognitive function," Dr. Yonas Geda from the Mayo Clinic, said in an Alzheimer's Association news release.

"These are intriguing results, but they are not yet conclusive. More research is needed to determine the extent and nature of physical activity in protecting against MCI [mild cognitive impairment] and dementia," Geda added.

One study included 280 seniors who were asked about their physical activity levels over their lifetime. The median age of the study volunteers was 81, which means half were under that age and half were older than 81. All of the study participants had early signs of memory and thinking problems (mild cognitive impairment). People with mild cognitive impairment have a higher risk for Alzheimer's disease.

After about three years, the researchers found that people with a history of moderate physical activity in middle age had a significantly decreased risk of developing dementia.

Light or vigorous exercise in middle age, or any level of physical activity later in life was not associated with a decreased risk of mild cognitive impairment progressing to dementia.

The second study included 1,830 older adults with normal memory and thinking abilities who were asked about their physical activity levels in midlife and late life and then followed for an average of just over three years.

Light physical activity in midlife and late life was associated with a decreased risk of developing mild cognitive impairment, as were vigorous midlife and moderate late-life physical activity.

Neither study was designed to prove that exercise could directly cause a decline in the rates of dementia or Alzheimer's; they were designed to find a link between these factors.

Both studies were conducted by Mayo Clinic researchers and presented Monday at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in Copenhagen, Denmark. Findings presented at meetings are generally viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.

"Determining more specifically the factors that raise and lower risk of Alzheimer's disease and other dementias is an essential component in our battle against the Alzheimer's epidemic," Heather Snyder, the Alzheimer's Association director of Medical and Scientific Operations, said in the news release.

"We are now getting a more clear idea of the opportunities for risk reduction through behavior changes and other health factors. We're learning that Alzheimer's risk and protective factors may change over the course of our lives," she said of the studies.

More information

The U.S. National Institute on Aging has more about Alzheimer's disease risk factors and prevention.

SOURCE: Alzheimer's Association, news release, July 14, 2014

--


'/>"/>
Copyright©2014 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Naral Pro-Choice Colorado & Planned Parenthood Of The Rocky Mountains Statement On Udall & Degette Staying In Dc To Introduce Legislation
2. In Light of Increased Levels of Personal Stress Over the Holiday Season, Lanahan Insurance Recommends Staying Covered with Health Insurance
3. Staying on medication may not translate to avoiding readmission
4. Middleman Productions Announces that Provocative "Staying Grounded" Exhibit Finds Its Wings in Locations Around Massachusetts
5. New Blog Post from iHealthology.com Announces Why Staying Fit Means Getting on the Move
6. Staying Home With Sick Kids Causes Job Worries for Parents: Survey
7. Active shooter training increases comfort level of emergency responders
8. New drug active against most aggressive type of lung cancer cells
9. Most prostate cancer specialists dont recommend active surveillance for low-risk patients
10. Keeping active pays off even in your 70s and 80s
11. A new Kabuto-like nickel catalyst forms bioactive frameworks from phenol derivatives
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
Staying Active May Help Prevent Dementia
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... Groth Family ... Pasco and Richland, is initiating a charity drive to support the family of ... recent automobile collision. , On October 29th of this year, Cindy Hendrickson ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... Flottman Company ... outserts. As a means of expanding capabilities Flottman has added a G&K ... individually code professional inserts (PIs) and patient package inserts (PPIs) that will marry ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... ... The Justin Veatch Fund announced Thursday that The National ... Whispering Spirits and its discussion guide for use by all of its affiliates ... war against teen drug abuse. NCADD is the oldest anti-addiction advocacy organization in ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... PITTSBURGH, PA (PRWEB) , ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... would permit amputees to safely ride all types of amusement park rides. , The ... Additionally, the unit is easy to use and could be set up in a ...
(Date:12/9/2016)... ... December 09, 2016 , ... ... Pierre Hotel in New York, NY, on December 3rd, to benefit Holy Name ... attended the annual event, which raised over $1 million - the largest event ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:12/8/2016)... 2016 Australia Glaucoma Surgery Devices Market ... report, "Australia Glaucoma Surgery Devices Market Outlook to ... Glaucoma Surgery Devices market. The report provides value, ... and average prices (USD) within market segement - ... company shares and distribution shares data for each ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016 Global Interventional Radiology Market: ... global interventional radiology market analyzes the current and ... an elaborate executive summary, including a market snapshot ... sub-segments. The research is a combination of ... bulk of our research efforts along with information ...
(Date:12/8/2016)... 8, 2016  Diplomat Pharmacy, Inc. (NYSE: DPLO) has been recognized ... Top Workplaces National Standard. To learn more about ... ... Inc.) ... survey administered by WorkplaceDynamics, LLC, a research firm specializing in organizational ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: