#1 Way to Prevent Alzheimer’s Disease – EASIEST Life Hack (Anyone Can Do It)

By on May 23, 2017
Once again there’s another good reason to exercise. According to new research from the University of British Columbia, people who stayed physically active were less likely to develop the disease, regardless of the type of exercise they engaged in.

Unfortunately, most Americans don’t meet the minimum requirements for physical activity–something that may explain why dementia rates are rising.

“As there is no current cure for Alzheimer’s, there is an urgent need for interventions to reduce the risk of developing it and to help manage the symptoms,” asys Kathleen Martin Ginis, a professor at the University of British Columbia Okangan School of Health and Exercise Sciences. “After evaluating all the research available, our panel agrees that physical activity is a practical, economical and accessible intervention for both the prevention and management of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.”

In the study, Ginis reviewed research from over 150 studies which examined the effect of physical activity on Alzheimer’s disease, a form of dementia. The research looked at how physical activity affected certain aspects of the disease, such as improved quality of life, the risk of developing it, and which types of exercise were beneficial.

After reviewing the data, they found that:

  • For Alzheimer’s disease patients, it improved their quality of life. Simple physical activities, such as walking, helped improve their cognition and balance, allowing them to stay more physically independent.
  • Older adults who stayed physically active were less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Compared to older adults who did not exercise frequently, they were less likely to develop the disease. They also had better cognitive function.
  • Many types of physical activity reduced the risk of Alzheimer’s. Walking, biking, swimming, and dancing all helped reduce this risk. Heavier workouts, such as weightlifting and running, were also beneficial, although not necessary to reduce the risk of the disease.

Overall, researchers say this review proves that exercise is essential for fighting against Alzheimer’s disease.

“This is exciting work,” says Ginis. “From here we were able to prepare a consensus statement and messaging which not only has community backing, but is also evidence-based. Now we have the tool to promote the protective benefit of physical activity to older adults. I’m hopeful this will move the needle on this major health concern.”

What This Means For You

To reduce your risk of Alzheimer’s, you know what to do: Stay active. Just 30 minutes of physical activity, whether that’s walking or weightlifting, could make a serious impact in your dementia risk, say researchers.

Readers: What are your favorite ways to stay physically active? Let us know in the comment section below!

Exercising Can Protect the Brain From Alzheimer’s Disease –
Formulation of Evidence-Based Messages to Promote the Use of Physical Activity to Prevent and Manage Alzheimer’s Disease (Study) –

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