Teen exercise could lower dementia risk at 65

Chiropractors have always known prevention and being pro-active is the key to great health later in life. And this study helps to show just that:

Teen exercise could lower dementia risk at 65

Exercise has previously been linked to possible benefits in staving off dementia, but a new look at the topic suggests the earlier the better.

The prevalence of cognitive impairment was significantly lower in women aged 65 and older who reported they were physically active as teens than in those who were inactive in their teen years, the study found.

‘Physical activity can be fun and engaging, and we have to convince people of that in order to prevent some of these diseases of old age.’— Researcher Laura Middleton

“If we want to optimally prevent dementia, it’s important to start physical activity as early in life as possible,” said principal investigator Laura Middleton of the Heart and Stroke Foundation Centre for Stroke Recovery at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in Toronto.

“More and more people are starting to recognize physical activity as one of the most promising means to prevent cognitive impairment and dementia. And what this study adds is that it’s not only important in mid and late life — that we really have to start as early as possible.”

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