Running, walking and other forms of physical activity reduces the odds of developing Alzheimer’s disease.

This is what a group of Canadian researchers concluded in a study recently published by BMC Public Health.

Based on a review of over 150 articles, the team was able to confirm the presence of a correlation between physical activity and brain health.

Individuals living an active lifestyle throughout adulthood reduce their risk of developing the disease as opposed to those living a sedentary lifestyle.

This conclusion concords with that of other studies suggesting that diabetes, high blood pressure and poor metabolic health increases the risk of developing Alzheimer’s.

Not only for prevention

That being said, an active lifestyle also benefits people living with Alzheimer’s disease, as stated by the authors of the paper.

According to them:

“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.”

Therefore, they encourage public health organizations to promote physical activity, not only to prevent the disease, but also to improve the lives of those living with Alzheimer’s.

Source: BMC public original article