Research published in the journal Neurology reveals that the brain scans of 638 people past the age of retirement showed those who were most physically active had less brain shrinkage over a three-year period.
Dr Simon Ridley, head of research at Alzheimer’s Research UK, said: “This study links physical exercise to fewer signs of ageing in the brain, suggesting that it may be a way of protecting our cognitive health.
“While we can’t say that exercise is the causal factor in this study, we do know that exercise in middle age can lower the risk of dementia later in life.
“It will be important to follow these volunteers to see whether these structural features are associated with greater cognitive decline over the coming years. More research is also needed to tease out how physical activity might be having a beneficial effect.”
Chiropractor Julian Keel, whose Surrey clinic at Mortiboys Dental Spa serves people from Horsley, Cobham, Leatherhead, Bookham and the surrounding areas of Guildford, has been treating people of all ages for over 18 years. Julian says, “As a chiropractor I’ve always advised that keeping mobile is very positive. It’s great to see mainstream media talking about exercise for seniors:.
Exercising in your 70s may stop your brain from shrinking and showing the signs of ageing linked to dementia, say the experts from Edinburgh University. Horsley chiropractor Keel says it is generally quite simple to incorporate into most lifestyles as the report said exercise did not even have to be strenuous – going for a walk several times a week sufficed, the journal says.
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