One Leading Piece of Advice to Protect the Brain from Dementia
Researchers from the U.S have revealed the results of their recent study around the link between physical activity and memory – specifically in terms of the memory loss experienced through Dementia. They believe that older adults who are more physically fit and active during their later life are shown to have much better thinking skills and an improved memory.
Dementia is a term used to describe a variety of progressive diseases which have an affect on the brain. It tends to affect older people and typically causes heartbreaking symptoms such as memory loss, mood and the ability to carry out daily activities and tasks. Alzheimer’s is one of the most common types of Dementia.
Required Levels of Physical Activity
While dementia has no known cure, this American research suggests that older adults who are more physically active through their later life will have improved memory and thinking skills.
For the purpose of the study, the term active was defined as “moving more than average”. This was viewed as either dedicated daily exercise or just the completion of routine physical activities for example housework. Those classified as being more active than the average person were the people who were more likely to maintain more of their memory than those who were not maintaining that level of physical activity.
The Impact of Physical Activity
Very few can deny the health benefits that good levels of physical activity can have on the body and mental wellbeing as a whole. Exercise has been linked with a very wide range of positive health improvements. However this study alluded specifically to how being active gave a better cognitive health as most crucially, a lower risk of dementia.
Previous research in this area has also highlighted the power of physical activity – affirming how regular exercise could reduce the development of changes to the bran which are seen within sufferers of dementia. However, this study found that being active achieved better memory and thinking skills even on subject who were already experiencing changes to their brain due to dementia.
As with many medical studies for long term conditions, the best way to establish true results is through much longer term trials which are designed to sift out any short term factors. This is essential in being able to continue monitoring brain function over time.
However – with exercise already promoting so many other benefits, key industry professionals from the likes of Alzheimer’s Research UK are focusing on initiatives to explore how they can help people incorporate more activity into their daily lives.