Exercise can reduce risk of dementia

Exercise can reduce the risk of developing dementia, the Alzheimer's Society has said.

This could lead people who fear that they could develop the condition to work towards reducing its effects.

Until then, they might want to make a lasting power of attorney and nominate a family or friend to act on their behalf over legal matters should they become incapacitated.

Susanne Sorensen, head of research at the organisation, said that there are ways to reduce the risks of dementia.

"Exercise of any sort that gets the heart rate going and mobilises the whole body reduces the risk of dementia.

"As far as we can see, any style of exercise that exercises as much of the body as possible and gets the circulation up and the heart rate up reduces the risk."

Ms Sorensen noted that mental stimulation, such as computer brain training games, does not eliminate the chances of developing Alzheimer's.

Her comments go against research by the National Institutes of Health in the US, which found no evidence to suggest that exercise and mental stimulation reduced the risks of dementia.

Written by Christopher Evans

Published on: May 26, 2010

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