Running, walking and performing other physical activities reduces the odds of developing Alzheimer's disease.
This is one of the main conclusions a group of researchers from the University of British Columbia in Canada came to in a study published recently in BMC Public Health.
The team analyzed the data published in over 150 studies to confirm that there was an obvious correlation between physical activity and brain health.
Therefore, people living an active lifestyle have reduced probabilities to develop the disease compared with more sedentary individuals.
Benefits for Alzheimer's patients too
While some of the studies were focusing on the likelihood of developing the disease, others focused on the direct effect of physical activity on people already affected by Alzheimer's disease.
And according to the Canadian research team, physical activity would also be good for them. They summarized their conclusions in a statement.
“Regular participation in physical activity is associated with a reduced risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease. Among older adults with Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, regular physical activity can improve performance of activities of daily living and mobility, and may improve general cognition and balance.”
The group encourages public health organizations to use this evidence-based statement in their programs and resources in order to promote physical activity as a tool to prevent the disease and to contribute to the improvement of the life of Alzheimer's patients.
Original source: https://bmcpublichealth.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12889-017-4090-5