By Serena Gordon
New research finds that being physically fit around age 50 lowers a woman’s risk of developing memory-robbing dementia by almost 90 percent.
And for those physically fit women who do end up with dementia, they tend to get it much later in life — about 10 years later than others.
“Keeping yourself fit — by exercising and having a healthy diet — may decrease your risk of getting dementia in old age. It will also make you feel better and will reduce your risk of other disorders, [such as heart problems],” said senior study author Dr. Ingmar Skoog. He’s director of the Center for Ageing and Health at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden.
How does exercise help keep the brain healthy?
“High-fitness is good for your [blood] vessels. Vascular factors have been found to be related to dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease,” Skoog explained. He also said that high levels of physical fitness may have a direct effect on nerve cells in the
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