Physical exercise 'can reduce dementia risk'

Physical exercise 'can reduce dementia risk'

Remaining physically active can enable older adults to reduce their risk of developing dementia later in their lives, according to new research.

A study carried out at the University of Lisbon, Santa Maria Hospital in Portugal found physical activity of moderate intensity at least 30 minutes three times a week can prevent cognitive impairment.

Speaking to HealthDay, Dr Ralph Sacco, chairman of neurology at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, stated the research shows physical activity in older adults reduces the risk of vascular dementia.

"Physical activity is one of the seven key health factors in the American Heart Association's definition of ideal cardiovascular health, and can also help to reduce stroke and improve brain health," Dr Sacco said.

Dr David Katz, director of the Yale University Prevention Research Center, added Alzheimer's and vascular dementia share risk factors with other chronic diseases, including coronary disease.

Dementia affects half of the older adults living in care homes in Scotland, the release of official figures recently revealed.

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