Magazine article Work & Family Life

Swedes Find One More Reason to Exercise

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Swedes Find One More Reason to Exercise

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Doctors at the Aging Research Center at the Karolinska Institute in Sweden have reported in The Lancet Neurology journal that regular exercise seems to help prevent dementia and Alzheimer's disease later in life.

The study included a survey and examination of 1,449 participants at midlife and again at ages 65 to 79. At the follow-up examination an average of 21 years later, 117 participants showed evidence of dementia and 76 were diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

The researchers found that exercising twice a week in midlife greatly reduced the risk of dementia and Alzheimer's disease. This was the first study to show a long-term relationship between physical activities and dementia later on in life, according to Miia Kivipelto, M.D., Ph.D., lead author of the report.

To be specific, the 781 participants who were exercising at least twice a week during the initial midlife examination reduced their risk for dementia by more than 50 percent and their risk for Alzheimer's by more than 60 percent, even after adjusting for lifestyle and health factors. …

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