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Regular exercise 'can prevent development of dementia'

Regular exercise 'can prevent development of dementia'
28th May 2010

People can reduce their risk of developing dementia later in life by exercising regularly, it has been claimed.

According to the Alzheimer's Society, any sort of regular cardio vascular exertion that increases the heart rate and boosts circulation is beneficial for warding of the development of dementia.

The comments come in light of a recently-published study by the National Institutes of Health, which suggested that none of the dementia-preventing measures put forward by scientists in the last few years have been proven with hard data.

Dr Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the Alzheimer's Society, claimed that regular exercise and a healthy diet would reduce the risk of developing dementia later in life, but claims that brain-training games would do the same are false.

"Brain exercises do not reduce the risk of dementia. They get better at the actual task, but it doesn't transfer into general better cognitive skills," she explained.

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