​Study: Exercise and Alzheimer’s Risk

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July 13, 2010

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Exercise and Alzheimer’s are reviewed in a health study. Alzheimer’s risk can be reduced through exercise, according to a recent health study. The exercise was linked as preventative measures against Alzheimer’s, and the other study found that a lack of Vitamin D increased the chances.

The health study involving exercise and reducing the risk began in 1986. A total of 1200 people took part in the exercise study. Their physical activity was monitored from 1986 through 2006.

The results concluded that 242 people subsequently were diagnosed with dementia and 193 people would later develop Alzheimer’s. The subjects who exercised on a fairly regular basis saw a decrease risk of around 40 percent of contracting dementia. While, those who barely exercised or not at all saw their risk increase by 45 percent.

Alzheimer’s is usually diagnosed in people over 65 years of age, although the less-prevalent early-onset the can occur much earlier. In 2006, there were 26.6 million sufferers worldwide. Alzheimer’s is predicted to affect 1 in 85 people globally by 2050. Chances are we have all been directly or indirectly been affected by this tragic disease.

“This is the first study to follow a large group of individuals for this long a period of time. 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,” Dr. Zaldy Tan, Brigham and Women’s Hospital, said in a statement.

According to the second study, there is a direct correlation between the lack of Vitamin D and the likelihood of later having “cognitive impairment”. However, doctors state that you shouldn’t be overloading on the Vitamin D pills just yet. There is still a lot research that needs to be done on this study.