“A new European study has found that exercise during middle age is linked with better cognition later in life.
The research, carried out by a team from the universities of Helsinki, Jyväskylä and Turku, was a long-term follow-up of 3050 twins from the Finnish Twin Cohort which looked at an association between midlife moderately vigorous physical activity — described as activity more strenuous than walking — and cognitive function.
The team of researchers used questionnaires to assess the levels of physical activity, including the volume and intensity of activity, first in 1975 and also in 1981, when mean age of the participants was 45. Cognition was then assessed between 1999 and 2015 by telephone interviews, when the mean age of participants was 74.2.
The data showed that participation in vigorous physical activity was associated with a lower risk of cognitive impairment later in life when compared to non-participation. The association was also found even after the researchers had taken into account health factors such as high blood pressure, smoking, obesity, and binge drinking, and social factors such as education level.”
AFP Published Monday, September 12, 2016 10:36AM EDT
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