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Active lifestyle 'slows Alzheimer's disease'

Active lifestyle 'slows Alzheimer's disease'
26th November 2012

Leading an active lifestyle could enable older adults to slow the onset of Alzheimer's disease, according to a new study presented at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

The research, which was carried out at the University of California in Los Angeles, showed being active in later life helps preserve grey matter in the brains of older adults, which could reduce the burden of dementia and Alzheimer's disease.

Dr Cyrus Raji, radiology resident at the facility, stated 20 years of clinical data was analysed for the report, adding: "We drew our patients from four sites across the country and we were able to assess energy output in the form of kilocalories per week."

Voxel-based morphometry was used by Dr Raji to model the relationships between energy output and grey matter volume.

Earlier in the month, the Alzheimer's Society announced that it is launching a major new dementia research project, with the aim of delivering a report next year.

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