Wellness Blog: Long term study finds exercise plays a big role in reducing risk of dementia!

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A long term study recently found that consistent exercise has a significant role in reducing the risk of developing dementia.  In this 35 year study more than 2,000 men were followed. The researchers looked at many different factors during the study and were surprised to find that exercise had the biggest positive impact on the levels of dementia.

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nThe study was done by researchers at Cardiff University in Wales starting in 1979. The five factors that they found to best help avoid disease were regular exercise, not smoking, low bodyweight, healthy diet and low alcohol intake.  The participants who followed four of these habits had a 60{f1f5b02ca83ae9345c27d7a0f347b955c156f0ed816b056299506a22f3a1765a} decline in dementia and cognitive decline rates. They also had 70{f1f5b02ca83ae9345c27d7a0f347b955c156f0ed816b056299506a22f3a1765a} fewer instances of diabetes, heart disease and stroke compared to people who followed none of the five. Exercise was found to have the biggest predicting factor.

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nThe recommended levels of exercise for this study were half an hour five times a week at a moderate level.  Moderate exercise included things like brisk walking and bicycling.

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nDr. Brown from the Alzheimer’s Society was quoted in the article saying, “We have known for some time that what is good for your heart is also good for your head, and this study provides more evidence to show that healthy living could significantly reduce the chances of developing dementia.”

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nTo read the article follow the link below:
nhttp://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-25303707

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nFor additional information on exercise and the affect on dementia go to the following link:
nhttp://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/alzheimers-disease/expert-blog/alzheimers/BGP-20055848

2014-03-10T06:06:00+00:00 Uncategorized|