Moderate physical activity reduces cognitive impairment odds

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According to preliminary findings from an ongoing cohort study, which were published in the January Archives of Neurology, moderate physical activity among those in mid-to-late life reduced cognitive impairment odds by 30 to 40%. Both men and women involved in this study reported similar benefits from moderate exercise, to be distinguished from vigorous or even light physical activity. According to Yonas E. Geda, MD, of the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., and colleagues “Our findings contribute to the growing body of literature that indicates the potentially beneficial relationship between physical exercise and cognition… a future population-based cohort study is needed to confirm whether physical exercise is associated with decreased risk of incident mild cognitive impairment.” Another study published in the same journal showed that six months of high intensity aerobic exercise benefited older women that were at risk of cognitive decline by greatly improving executive function. Click here to read an article from the Los Angeles Times that discusses this study more.

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