Trial suggests exercise may help Dementia
With one person in three over 65 likely to be affected by Dementia in some form a recent study by the University of British Columbia has suggested that exercising regularly can help reduce the risk of vascular dementia. After Alzheimer’s disease this is the most common form of dementia.
Unlike Alzheimer’s disease which results in damage and shrinking of the brain, vascular dementia causes damage to the blood vessels in the brain.
This small study of 70 people aged around 74 years old, were split into two groups for six months. One group took part in regular exercise for an hour three times a week and the second group learned more about vascular dementia and ensured they ate a healthy diet. The outcome of the trial was that the group taking part in the exercise, were actually able to improve their cognition.
Teresa Liu-Ambrose from the UCB the author of the study observed “Studies have shown that exercise can help reduce the risk of developing memory problems, but few studies have looked at whether it can help people who already have these problems get better or keep from getting worse. This result, while modest, was similar to that seen in previous studies testing the use of drugs for people with vascular cognitive impairment.” Get fit before Christmas by booking a personal trainer in Sevenoaks through Kent boot camps.