Sunday, July 11, 2010

Framingham Study Shows Physical Activity Lowers Risk of Dementia, Especially in Men

Should be carefully considered. More then 100 million Americans have been touched by Alzheimer's disease.
"This is the first study to follow a large group of individuals for this long a period of time," Zaldy Tan said. "It suggests that lowering the risk for dementia may be one additional benefit of maintaining at least moderate physical activity, even into the eighth decade of life."
Over two decades of follow-up (mean 9.9 +/-5 years), 242 participants developed dementia (of which 193 were Alzheimer's). The researchers found that participants who performed moderate to heavy levels of physical activity had about a 40 percent lower risk of developing any type of dementia.
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