Regular Exercise Reduces Memory Loss
A condition called vascular cognitive impairment (VCI) is the second-leading cause for dementia—after Alzheimer’s disease. VCI develops as a result of reduced blood flow to the brain, which causes brain cells to weaken and die over time. Symptoms include memory loss and impaired thinking, problem-solving, and language skills.
Underlying health problems, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, and obesity, can increase the risk for VCI, as can lifestyle choices like smoking and an unhealthy diet. A new study shows that regular exercise can help reduce symptoms of vascular cognitive impairment.
The study involved 70 adults with an average age of 74, divided into two groups. One group participated in a 1-hour exercise program three times a week. The other group received information about a healthy diet and VCI, but no information about the importance of exercise. After six months, the exercise group experienced improved blood pressure and cardiovascular fitness, as well as higher cognitive thinking test scores.
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