Sunday, 17 November 2019

To avoid dementia, exercise better

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Being physically fit may sharpen the memory and lower our risk of dementia, even if we do not start exercising until we are middle-aged or older, according to two stirring new studies of the interplay among exercise, ageing, aerobic fitness and forgetting.

But both studies, while underscoring the importance of activity for brain health, also suggest that some types of exercise may be better than others at safeguarding and even enhancing our memory.

The scientific evidence linking exercise, fitness and brain health is already hefty and growing. Multiple studies have found that people with relatively high levels of endurance, whatever their age, tend to perform better on tests of thinking and memory than people who are out of shape. Other studies associate better fitness with less risk for developing Alzheimer’s disease.

Read more @ https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/06/well/move/exercise-dementia-memory-alzheimers-brain-seniors-middle-age.html

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