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Aerobic exercise could slow down dementia

Aerobic exercise could slow down dementia
9th April 2014

A new study has suggested aerobic exercise could slow down the cognitive decline in dementia patients.

Jogging, swimming and cycling could also help people with mild brain impairment by repairing function and structure.

This research specifically looked at the effects these types of exercises could have on females between 70 and 80 years old.

Scientists analysed 86 subjects who fell into this category and have mild cognitive impairment, which is a precursor to dementia and other brain-related illnesses.

Each of the females were then placed into a group and underwent different exercise programmes, the categories of which were aerobic, resistance training and balance.

They all worked on these exercises twice a week for six months and were then analysed to see how their brains had altered during this time.

The researchers concluded those in the aerobic group showed a more much significant increase in hippocampal volume than the individuals in other categories.

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