More Benefits from Exercise
> 1/18/2006 2:57:17 PM

A newly published study in the Annals of Internal Medicine is trumpeting exercise as a method of cutting the risk of Alzheimer's and dementia later in life, the BBC reports.

The study followed 1,740 people aged 65 and older over a six-year period. At the start of the study none showed signs of dementia.

After six years, 158 participants had developed dementia, of which 107 had been diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease.

People who exercised three or more times a week had a 30% to 40% lower risk of developing dementia compared with those who exercised fewer than three times per week.

The results of this study shouldn't come as much of a surprise.  Exercise has been linked time and again with numerous health benefits. Alzheimer's and dementia are just some of the many afflictions that a fit lifestyle can prevent. This study should just add more incentive to get up and get active.

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