Exercise and Alzheimer’s Prevention Link

July 13, 2010
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A new study has revealed that there is a link between exercise and Alzeheimer’s. Preventing the disease, that is. Read more about this story plus see some photos and video as well.

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At the International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease in Hawaii on Sunday, two studies were revealed – one that disclosed a link between exercise and Alzheimer’s prevention, while the other found a link between the lack of Vitamin D and later developing this disease.

There were 1200 people who took part in the exercise study beginning in 1986. Their physical activity was monitored over the next 20 years. Results showed that 242 people later were diagnosed with dementia and 193 people would later develop Alzheimer’s.

For those who did exercise on a fairly regular basis saw a decrease risk of around 40 percent of contracting dementia. Those who barely exercised or not at all saw their risk increase by 45 percent!

Dr. Zaldy Tan of Brigham and Women’s Hospital, stated:

“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.”

The second study revealed that there was a direct correlation between the lack of vitamin D and the likelihood of later having “cognitive impairment”. Doctors do warn, however, that you probably shouldn’t be overloading on the Vitamin D pills just yet. Yep, more research is being done to find out.

The numbers are staggering. Did you know that 26 million people suffer from this disease around the world? I’m sure you either know of someone or even have a family member that has been affected by Alzheimer’s. Like they always say, ‘exercise is good for your mind, body and soul’. After hearing about the link between exercise and Alzheimer’s prevention, you can bet I’ll be heading to the gym a little more often than I do now.

Leave me your thoughts, plus see photos and a related video to the story below.

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3 Responses to “Exercise and Alzheimer’s Prevention Link”

  1. 1
    BobDeMarco Says:

    The Alzheimer’s Reading Room has clear, concise, usable news, research, insight and advice for the entire Alzheimer’s community. 100 Million Americans have been touched by Alzheimer’s Disease, 35 million are worried about Alzheimer’s Disease.

    http://www.alzheimersreadingroom.com/2010/02/about-alzheimers-reading-room.html

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    SUSAN BARNES Says:

    MY MOTHER WALKED FIVE MILES A DAY, ALSO USED HER MIND, TOOK CARE OF EVERYTHING. AND SHE STILL HAD ALLI FOR 10 YEARS. FIGURE THIS ONE OUT?

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    Stacy Says:

    Well I’m certainly hitting the treadmill! I guess nothing can guarantee prevention of this disease, but why not give it a try anyway?