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  • Patricia Riley

Will exercise reduce my risk for developing Alzheimer's

Physical exercise may have a positive impact on Alzheimer's disease symptoms, according to an article published in the January 2019 issue of Current Psychiatry. Compared with being physically inactive, low levels of weekly physical activity were associated with a 29 to 41 percent lower risk of developing Alzheimer's, while higher weekly physical activity was associated with a 37-50 percent lower risk.

This information comes as no surprise as research shows that people are obese have a four-fold increased risk for Dementia. Avoiding processed sugars, eating fruits and vegetables high in antioxidants and consuming omega-3 fats can lower your risk of developing Alzheimer's. Combined with regular exercise and good nutrition, stress management, mental stimulation and a good night's sleep can make a difference. Be sure to talk with your physician before starting a new exercise plan and/or changing your diet.

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