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Teen Exercise and Dementia

We’ve reported a growing body of evidence which shows that exercise can help stave off dementia. Now a new look at the topic out of Sunnybrook health Sciences Centre has something important to add. The earlier you get active the better.
Women aged 65 and older who reported they were physically active as teens suffered a lot less cognitive impairment than those who were inactive teenagers. Here’s the study’s lead author Laura Middleton.

The numbers are quite startling: 8:5% the women who’d been physically active in their teen years suffered from dementia, compared to 16.7 per cent of those who weren’t.

The sooner the better, but it’s never too late. The study also showed that women who started exercising later had a lower risk of cognitive impairment than those who remained inactive.

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