Alzheimer’s disease risk reduced with Regular Physical Activity

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(Best Syndication News) - Staying physically active on a daily basis may reduce the risk for Alzheimer’s disease for a person at any age. The benefit was seen even with people over the age of 80 in a study conducted by researchers from Rush University Medical Center. The study was published in the online issue of Neurology and the April 18 edition of the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

The physical activity does not need to be a just a big workout, things such as cooking, washing the dishes, and cleaning are also beneficial. The study tracked the activity of 716 older people with an average age of 82 that did not have dementia. The researchers used an actigraph device to monitor their activity on their non-dominant wrist for a 10-day period.

Out of the 716 participants studied, 71 developed Alzheimer’s disease after an average of 3.5 years. The 10 percent that were at the bottom for the amount of physical activity had a 2.3 times higher chance of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to the 10 percent that were the most active.

By: Marsha Quinn
Health Reporter

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