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Undertake aerobic exercise to reduce dementia risk, experts advise

Undertake aerobic exercise to reduce dementia risk, experts advise
8th September 2011

Undertaking aerobic exercise could cut dementia risk, according to research, potentially influencing when an individual needs home care.

Findings from a Mayo Clinic study indicated that any exercise which gets the heart racing could cut the possibility of dementia and slow the progression of the condition once it starts.

The analysis suggested that exercising not only cuts dementia risk, but slows down the progression of the condition after onset.

Researchers noted that aerobic exercise such as walking, going to the gym, or doing chores in the home, should not be overlooked as a significant dementia therapy.

This follows comments from the University of Stirling's Professor June Andrews, who said that it is unclear as to why dementia risk is reduced by exercise.

"It is very complicated and we are just at the beginning of finding out what does make a difference. However, the strongest evidence is for exercise so that couch-potato time needs to be rationed," she commented.

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