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1, Aug 30, 2012

Stay active to protect against Alzheimer’s

Filed under: Brain — admin @ 12:43 am

A study, carried out at Rush University Medical Center, showed why it’s important to stay active and exercise. It included more than 700 dementia-free patients enrolled in its Memory and Aging Project at the center. The volunteers self-reported physical and social activity.

There was also a monitor and actograph on their wrists that tracked their activity for about 10 days. They were followed for 3.5 years; 71 of them developed Alzheimer disease.

The slow movers, those in the bottom 10% of activity level, were more than twice as likely to develop Alzheimer disease as the top 10% of exercisers, the ones that moved the most.

The results suggested that activity and exercise matter.

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