Innovita Research Foundation

I.R.F. / Aging news / Diseases / 02071701

Alzheimer's Disease (AD) and Reduced Activities in Midlife
Posted on: July 17, 2002

The investigation was carried out with the definition to find correlation between AD and midlife activities. The results indicate that patients with AD are less active in midlife (early and middle adulthood) in terms of intellectual, passive and physical activities. Interesting fact is that diversity of intellectual, passive and physical activities were all protective against the development of AD. People who were relatively inactive (for intellectual, passive, or physical activities) had about 250%-increased risk of developing AD. Physical exercises are protective against development of the disease. There are many beneficial effects of physical activity that may be related to reduced risk of AD: lower body weight, improved diet (including increased consumption of antioxidants and lower fat intake), improved blood pressure and cardiovascular health, as well as beneficial effects on blood clotting.

Source: PNAS March 13, 2001; vol. 98 no.6 pp 3440 - 3445
  | Next >