Exercise and Alzheimer's disease
Researchers from the University of British Columbia reviewed more than 150 studies on the impact of physical activity and Alzheimer's disease. Many of the studies examined how exercise improved the lives of those with Alzheimer's and many of the studies looked at the link between the risk of developing Alzheimer's and regular exercise.
The researchers were clear, regular physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer's and for those who already have the disease, regular physical activity improves cognitive function, balance and general daily living.
The most common form of dementia, Alzheimer's disease is expected to increase worldwide from 30.8 million in 2010 to more than 106 million by 2050.
About: The study was supported by funding from the Ontario Brain Institute and the Alzheimer's Society.