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Exercise May Help Reduce the Risk of Alzheimer’s Disease

There is currently no cure for Alzheimer’s, but more research emerges regularly suggesting that there may be ways to head it off. A recent study suggests that regular exercise may help protect against developing Alzheimer’s disease and from the disease worsening in those who already have it.

For this study, researchers examined data from 150 articles that examined Alzheimer’s and exercise. Some of the studies looked at how exercise impacts quality of life for people with the disease, while other looked at how it might affect developing Alzheimer’s.

They found that regular physical activity was associated with improved daily activities, mobility, general cognition, and balance in people with Alzheimer’s. Additionally, the found that physically active mature adults who did not have Alzheimer’s were less likely to develop it than inactive adults of the same age.

Researchers from the University of British Columbia led the study. It was published on February 17, 2017, in BMC Public Health.

Regular exercise is one of the best things you can do for your health. Previous clinical studies suggest that even moderate exercise may help with blood sugar control, reduce body weight, improve heart health, improve respiratory health and reduce your risk of dying prematurely.

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