Can Physical Activity Prevent or Postpone Alzheimer’s Disease?

by Barry Hill

 

Fit After Fifty found research studies have scientists excited about the prospect of postponing or even preventing Alzheimer’s disease through physical exercise. A Scientific American article explains that physical activity has been shown to reduce risk factors for dementia and increase brain health. Results are somewhat inconclusive for preventing Alzheimer’s, but offer hope that regular exercise can postpone the disease. Clearly, additional research needs to be done. Meanwhile, the benefits of exercise for aging individuals are well documented and may include the added benefit of sustained increased cognitive function – reasons enough to start and maintain a regular fitness program.

Alzheimer’s statistics and related healthcare costs are showcased in the following infographic.

 

Sources:

http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=fitness-and-the-brain

http://www.winknews.com/News-This-Morning/2012-10-26/Fitness-and-Alzheimers#.UKO6-2f8Lgs

http://visual.ly/alzheimers-disease

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