Aerobic exercise 'cuts dementia risk'

Posted on 08 September 2011

Aerobic exercise could cut the risk of dementia, according to a new study which could be of benefit to those choosing a care home.

The Mayo Clinic analysis found that any exercise that gets the heart pumping could reduce the risk of dementia, as well as slowing progression of the condition after the onset.

Researchers cited walking, gym workouts and home activities such as shovelling leaves or snow as activities that could potentially decrease the risk of the neurodegenerative condition.

Mayo Clinic neurologist J Eric Ahlskog said: "We concluded that you can make a very compelling argument for exercise as a disease-modifying strategy to prevent dementia and mild cognitive impairment, and for favourably modifying these processes once they have developed."

This comes after news that a ten-minute test could identify Alzheimer's disease and mild cognitive impairment accurately.

The Cantab Pal test, developed by Cambridge University, can be taken on an iPad, and is able to distinguish between normal forgetfulness and dementia, according to researchers.

Posted by Natalie Edwards

 

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