De­men­tia, fit­ness link

The Morning Bulletin - - WORLD -

CER­TAIN types of ex­er­cise do not pre­vent de­cline among de­men­tia pa­tients and may even worsen cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment, a new study sug­gests.

Moder­ate to high in­ten­sity aer­o­bic and strength train­ing did not slow cog­ni­tive im­pair­ment, re­searchers found. This sort of ex­er­cise may even worsen the con­di­tion, the au­thors sug­gested.

The study, pub­lished in the Bri­tish Med­i­cal Jour­nal, found that among pa­tients with mild to moder­ate de­men­tia an ex­er­cise pro­gram did not halt progress of their con­di­tion but did make them phys­i­cally fit­ter.

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