Is GARDENING the key to preventing Alzheimer's? Regular exercise 'slashes the risk of dementia by half'
- Exercise reduces the risk of Alzheimer's disease, scientists have revealed
- That's because any physical activity boosts brain volume in older people
- The increased volume occurs in brain areas tied to memory and cognition
- And, in people with Alzheimer's, exercise leads to lower brain volume loss
- New study suggests prescribing exercise to prevent Alzheimer's
Gardening could protect against the ravages of Alzheimer's disease, scientists have revealed.
In their quest to discover how to prevent the onset of the debilitating condition, a team of experts found regular exercise can protect the brain.
Their findings have revealed those who are physically active cut their risk of dementia by 50 per cent.
Virtually any form of exercise, including jogging, walking, dancing and even gardening, boosts brain volume in older people.
And in patients already diagnosed with Alzheimer's, the scientists found physical activity leads to a reduction in the volume of gray matter in parts of the brain responsible for memory and cognition.
As a result, memory and cognition skills are improved.
The researchers recommend prescribing exercise to help prevent the disease, and help curb a growing, worldwide epidemic.