uA group of researchers from George Washington University in the US, who followed 649,605 people for nearly a decade, with an average age of 61, suggested that the risk of Alzheimer’s disease was 33% lower for those who exercised physically.
Participants were divided into five groups based on their cardiorespiratory fitness. The scale varies according to the participants’ fitness level.
The scientists found that the least fit group had a 13% lower risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease compared to the sedentary group. The middle group had a 20% lower chance of developing the disease, the next had a 26% lower chance, and among the most physically prepared, the risk was 33%.
The work has not yet been published, but it will be presented in April, at the annual meeting of the American Academy of Neurology, the Washington Post revealed.
Remember that Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia. It is a neurodegenerative disease that causes progressive memory loss, cognitive decline, language disorders, and even difficulty performing tasks such as paying bills and handling money.
In turn, dementia is a general term used to designate a group of diseases characterized by cognitive changes that may be associated with memory loss, language changes and disorientation in time or space. For most people, there is no cure and also no specific way to prevent dementia.
It is reported that the World Health Organization estimates that there are 47.5 million people living with dementia worldwide, a number that could reach 75.6 million in 2030 and almost triple in 2050, to 135.5 million. Alzheimer’s disease accounts for about 60 to 70% of all cases of dementia.
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