Healthy Body, Healthy Mind
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.