Every year around 10 to 15 percent of those with MCI progress to dementia, compared to only 1 to 2 percent of the general population. With a rapidly ageing population it is more important than ever that we find solutions to age related mental decline.
Recent studies have found that regular exercise and activity in midlife or later can reduce the risk of MCI and a six month exercise programme was found to improve cognitive function for those with MCI.
The study, which was conducted by Dr. Yonas E Geda and his colleagues at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, examined the data of 1,324 adults (at an average age of 80) who did not suffer with dementia. The participants were asked to complete a questionnaire regarding their physical activity between 2006 and 2008 and were all classified as have normal cognition.
The results showed that those who engaged in moderate exercise such as yoga, aerobics, swimming or walking when middle-aged were 39 percent less likely to develop MCI, compared to moderate exercise later in life reducing the risk by 32%. Interestingly it was found that light exercise such as golf or slow dancing, or vigorous exercise such as jogging or skiing, were not associated with reduced risk of MCI.
A spokesperson from the Mayo clinic said “Our findings contribute to the growing body of literature that indicates the potentially beneficial relationship between physical exercise and cognition,” the authors conclude.
Original article from Health News.