Fitness Levels In Middle Age Linked to Lower Dementia Risk

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Middle Age Fitness Levels & Reduced Dementia Risk–

Here’s another reason, if you don’t have enough already, to keep up with your daily fitness routine…or start one today.

A recent study in the Annals of Internal Medicine (Feb 5 Issue) reveals that middle aged individuals who have higher fitness levels appear to have a lower risk of dementia in their later years.

“We already know exercise has cardiovascular and many other benefits, but this may give people more incentive to get moving,” says researcher Laura F. DeFina, MD, from The Cooper Institute in Dallas, Texas. “Dementia is the second most feared disease after cancer, and our research suggests you can lower your risk by keeping fit.”



The study included nearly 20,000 people. They received standardized fitness testing around the age of 50, and were then followed for an average of 25 years.

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