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Exercise key factor of 5 to reduce risk of Alzheimer's Disease

By Marcus Hondro     Dec 15, 2014 in Health
A charity in the U.K. has reviewed previous studies on Alzheimer's Disease and concluded that five lifestyle choices are key to significantly reducing the risk of getting Alzheimer's. Exercise is likely to do the most benefit.
Studies on Alzheimer's and dementia
Age UK — a charity that provides support and services for the elderly, such as insurance, wills, travel and annuities services — looked at and gathered data from prior studies, putting them together in report-form.
The five lifestyle choices, Age UK called them “simple and effective ways” to reduce the chances of Alzheimer's, are these: getting regular exercise, maintaining what is called a Mediterranean diet, not smoking, drinking only in moderation and taking steps, such as reducing weight and maintaining a healthy blood pressure, that will prevent diabetes,
In their review of academic studies they found that 76 percent of all cognitive decline and problems with thinking is caused by lifestyle choices, and by issues such as the level of education a person has reached.
In one study they reviewed from three decades ago, it was found that men between the ages of 45 and 59 reduced their chances of getting Alzheimer's by 36 percent by following those lifestyle guidelines. There was also a 36 percent reduced risk of other forms of dementia.
Further, tose who do exercise, follow a healthy diet, don't smoke, drink in moderation and avoid diabetes also are more like to delay the onset of Alzheimer's should they come down with it.
Exercise lowers risk of Alzheimer's
Exercise was identified as the factor that contributed most to avoiding Alzheimer's or dementia, or delaying their onset, Age UK said. Healthy elderly people are recommended to exercise three to five times each week, for from between 30 minutes to one hour. So is everyone.
“While there's still no cure or way to reverse dementia, this evidence shows that there are simple and effective ways to reduce our risk of developing it to begin with," Caroline Abrahams of Age UK said. “What's more, the changes that we need to make to keep our brains healthy are already proven to be good for the heart and overall health, so it's common sense for us all to try to build them into our lives.
"The sooner we start, the better our chance of having a healthy later life.”
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