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A long- term study pub­lished in the jour­nal Neu­rol­ogy in March found that high car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness in midlife is as­so­ci­ated with a sig­nif­i­cantly de­creased risk of de­men­tia later in life.

Re­searchers an­a­lyzed a sam­ple of 191 Swedish women in 1968, then again in 1974, 1980, 1992, 2000, 2005, and 2009. Over the course of the 41- year anal­y­sis, women judged as hav­ing high car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness were 88% less likely to de­velop de­men­tia than women with moder­ate car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness. High fit­ness also de­layed age at de­men­tia on­set by 9.5 years com­pared to medium fit­ness.

“Among Swedish women, a high car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness in midlife was as­so­ci­ated with a de­creased risk of sub­se­quent de­men­tia. Pro­mo­tion of a high car­dio­vas­cu­lar fit­ness may be in­cluded in strate­gies to mit­i­gate or pre­vent de­men­tia,” the re­searchers con­cluded.

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