Staying fit is a great way to stave off dementia

Staying fit is a great way to stave off dementia

Five per cent of the highly fit women developed dementia, compared to 25 percent of moderately fit women and 32 percent of the women with low fitness.

Although it might seem counterintuitive, dementia and physical activity are strongly intertwined. While the study specifically looks at cardiovascular health and fitness, Horder says strength training and muscle building should be incorporated with age.

"Systematic reviews and meta-analyses of observational studies constantly link physical activity to preserved cognitive functioning and decreased risk for dementia,"Helena Hörder, PhD, from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, and colleagues wrote".

The Swedish research followed nearly 200 women from middle age until their nineties. But a new study published today in Neurology, offers a new perspective that's particularly pertinent to women. They also examined the incidence of dementia in 1974, 1980, 1992, 2000, 2005 and 2009 using criteria from DSM-III-R.

While there is strong data showing that having low fitness is unhealthy for the heart and brain, "I was very surprised that high fitness was so protective", Horder says, "and that so few developed dementia in the high fitness group".

Participants were categorized by fitness level. At the beginning of the study, all the women had to cycle as hard as they could on an exercise bike to test their cardiovascular fitness. The medium fitness level (n = 92) was defined as achieving an average peak cardiovascular capacity between 88 and 112 watts.

The highly fit women were 88 per cent less likely to develop dementia than the moderately fit women.

Swedish researchers over a 44 year period conducted a study entitled 'Prospective Population Study of Women in Göteborg.' More than 1400 women took part between the ages of 38-60.

By 2012, 44 of these women had been diagnosed with some form of dementia, typically Alzheimer's disease.

Women with high physical fitness at middle age were almost 90 percent less likely to develop dementia decades later, compared to women who were moderately fit, according to a study published the March 14, 2018, online issue of Neurology, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.

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