exercise and cardiovascular fitness reduce risk of dementia and Alzheimer's

You know that exercise is good for cardiovascular health. But new research is revealing an impressive link between cardiovascular exercise and keeping your brain young.

This intriguing study followed 191 women for 44 years. The researchers wanted to see if there was a link between cardiovascular fitness in midlife and dementia or Alzheimer’s in old age. There was!

The women who were highly fit in midlife were an incredible 88% less likely to develop dementia or Alzheimer’s. They had only a 5% chance of developing dementia. Moderately fit women were five times more likely to develop dementia than the highly fit women. In the low fit group, 32% developed dementia; 45% of the least fit women did.

This study revealed a striking link between cardiovascular fitness in midlife and preventing dementia. The researchers concluded that high fitness delays age of dementia onset by 9.5 years. Compared to medium fitness, it still delayed it by 5 years.

Earlier research has shown that exercise actually increases the size of your brain while it significantly reduces your risk of Alzheimer’s.

So, start exercising now for big cognitive payoffs later.



Neurology Mar 2018, 10.1212/WNL.0000000000005290



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