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Exercise Benefits People With Alzheimer's

By Miriam E. Tucker , , , ,

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Exercise, such as brisk walking, might help improve brain function in people who have Alzheimer’s disease or are at risk for it. Researchers analyzed 19 studies on the effects of prescribed exercise programs in a total of 1,145 adults in their 70s. Overall, brain function improved in the exercise groups but declined for those who didn’t participate in an exercise program. The American Diabetes Association’s 2018 Standards of Medical Care in Diabetes recommends that most adults get 150 minutes of moderate to vigorous exercise each week, or, for more physically fit people, 75 minutes of vigorous aerobic activity weekly. Aim for muscle-strengthening exercise at least two days a week. 
Source: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, published online Jan. 26, 2018

 

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