According to a new study, staying fit or improving fitness over time should be a goal for anyone who wants to reduce the likelihood of getting dementia.
“It is important to say that it is never too late to begin exercising. The average participant in our study was around 60 years old at baseline, and improvement in cardiorespiratory fitness was strongly linked to lower dementia risk. Those who had poor fitness in the 1980s but improved it within the next decade could expect to live two years longer without dementia,” says lead author Atefe Tari of the Cardiac Exercise Research Group (CERG) at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU).
“Persistently low fitness is an independent risk factor for dementia and death due to dementia,” the authors concluded.
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