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Exercise 'can reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment'

Exercise 'can reduce risk of mild cognitive impairment'
17th April 2008

A new study has highlighted the benefits exercise can have for people suffering from mild cognitive disorder.

Researchers from the Mayo Clinic claim that while these individuals will be able to function reasonably well regarding everyday activities they may have difficulty remembering details of conversations or upcoming appointments.

The team's claims are based upon a large-scale study of 868 individuals aged between 70 and 89-years-old - some with mild cognitive impairment and a control group.

Data was gathered about the participants' exercise habits between the ages of 50 and 65-years-old and one year before the study began.

It was noted that moderate physical exercise two to five times per week during the ages of 50 to 65 was associated with a reduced risk of mild cognitive impairment.

However, the individuals' exercise habits one year prior to the survey did not appear to be associated with a reduced risk.

This follows news that regular exercise can help relieve the pain and fatigue of Alzheimer's sufferers.

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