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Physical Activity in Advanced Age Associated with Lower Alzheimer's Risk

20 april 2012.

PHYSICIAN'S FIRST WATCH: Daily physical activity is associated with reduced risk for Alzheimer disease among the elderly, according to a Neurology study.

Roughly 700 adults (average age, 82) free of dementia wore actigraphs on their wrists 24 hours a day for up to 10 days to measure their daily physical activity. Over a mean 3.5 years' follow-up, 10% were diagnosed with Alzheimer disease.

Participants in the lowest decile of physical activity had more than twice the Alzheimer's risk as those in the highest decile. The results remained significant after adjustment for self-reported physical, social, and cognitive activities. More physical activity on actigraphy was also associated with less cognitive decline.

Editorialists conclude: "In a world that is becoming progressively sedentary, and in the context of very limited success of the currently available medications to treat or delay AD, physical activity provides a promising, low-cost, easily accessible, and side-effect-free means to prevent AD."

Neurology article (Free abstract)

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